WACO, Texas (Ticker) -- Texas took a while to get adjusted to life outside Austin, but soon felt right at home.
Brandon Mouton and T.J. Ford each scored 18 points as the fourth-ranked Longhorns bounced back from an early 11-point deficit to defeat Big 12 Conference rival Baylor, 82-71.
Texas (11-2, 2-0 Big 12) was playing its first road game in exactly a month. The Longhorns completed a perfect five-game homestand with a rout of Iowa State on Saturday and had not played outside Austin since a loss at Arizona on December 15.
Wednesday's game also started slowly for the Longhorns, but they eventually settled down and used a 16-1 run in the second half to defeat the Bears for the 10th straight since coach Rick Barnes took over in 1998. Barnes is 34-2 against intrastate opponents in his four-plus seasons at Texas.
The Longhorns scored the first basket of the game, but did not lead for the rest of the half, falling behind 22-11 on a 3-pointer by John Lucas with 12:08 left. But Texas slowly chipped away at the lead and moved to within 38-36 at halftime when James Thomas made a free throw with eight seconds left.
Mouton had seven points in the decisive 16-1 run in the second half that turned a 45-41 deficit into a 57-46 lead. Mouton broke a 45-45 tie with a layup with 14:48 left that put the Longhorns ahead to stay. He then capped the run with a jumper with 11:14 left.
Baylor (9-4, 0-2) rallied to cut the lead to 57-56 with the help of three 3-pointers, but baskets by Thomas and Ford pushed the lead back up to five.
Barnes went to his bench often in the second half, and that wore down the Bears. Brian Boddicker and Sydmill Harris each netted 17 points in reserve roles.
Thomas, Texas' center, had 10 points and 11 rebounds. The Longhorns held a 31-22 edge on the glass.
Terrance Thomas had 17 points for Baylor, which fell at Missouri on Saturday and has dropped back-to-back games for the first time this season.
Lucas had 16 points and R.T. Guinn 11 for the Bears, who shot just 36 percent in the second half after hitting at a 59 percent clip in the first half. Guinn played with a broken cheekbone in the loss to Missouri.