AUSTIN, Texas (Ticker) -- The shooting ability of Brandon Mouton and the playmaking of T.J. Ford carried Texas to another win.
Mouton scored 20 points and Ford added 14 as the fourth-ranked Longhorns had an easier time than expected in a 76-55 Big 12 Conference victory over No. 20 Missouri.
Texas (13-2, 4-0 Big 12) posted its eighth straight victory as it built a 36-22 cushion at halftime and never looked back. The Longhorns posted their fifth straight victory over the Tigers.
Mouton made 9-of-14 shots and scored 12 points in the first half. Ford had just four assists but did a masterful job of controlling the tempo for Texas.
"I thought Brandon Mouton used the pick-and-roll effectively and T.J. Ford did a great job adjusting to where we needed him to be," Texas coach Rick Barnes said. "There is no depth without chemistry and our guys have a great chemistry with one another and it shows on the court."
Ford had a layup in a 10-2 run that gave Texas a 26-16 lead 6:23 before halftime. Mouton's 3-pointer made it 35-22 with 1:19 to go.
Missouri (11-4, 2-2) pulled within 52-46 on a 3-pointer by Travon Bryant midway through the second half. Ford scored six straight points as the Longhorns ran off the next eight for a 14-point advantage.
"I think we've really been playing well and we are getting better every game," Ford said. "Each game, someone does something different. You never know who it's going to be, but you know there will be someone there to step up and get it done."
Ricky Clemons scored 16 points to lead Missouri, which shot just 36.5 percent (23-of-63). It was Clemons' first road appearance since his alleged domestic dispute last week and he was jeered throughout. The fans also waved picture of his mug shot at him.
"We took a couple of bad shots that hurt us," Clemons said. "They capitalized on our bad shots and turnovers. That's what good teams do to you."
Texas improved to 9-0 at home and was pleased with the boisterous crowd of 14,012 fans, about 2,000 short of capacity. Despite its lofty ranking, it usually plays in front of half-filled crowds on its football-crazy campus.
"Our fans were tremendous tonight," Barnes said. "I got to the arena about an hour and a half prior to game time and I could hear the crowd chanting then. They are instrumental in the way our game is played."
The Longhorns' aggressive play resulted in a commanding advantage at the free-throw line as they made 22-of-30 attempts. Missouri was just 3-of-8.
The Tigers' poor shooting was partially a result of too much 1-on-1 play and a lack of ball movement. Missouri finished with only five assists and the backcourt of Clemons and freshman Jimmy McKinney each had only one.
"It's really hard to compete with anyone when you spot them 20 yards in a 100-yard dash," Missouri coach Quin Snyder said. "You fight hard to get back, but in the end it's just too much."
Texas used a balanced effort on the glass for a 40-39 edge. James Thomas grabbed eight boards and Ford and freshman Brad Buckman each pulled down six.
Thomas helped limit beefy Missouri center Arthur Johnson to 10 points and seven rebounds. Johnson came off a 21-point, 11-rebound effort in Tuesday's comeback victory over Iowa State.
"Texas is one of the best defensive teams," Snyder said. "Their defensive pressure contributed to our team's fatigue."
Rickey Paulding's struggles continued as he made 4-of-14 shots for a season-low nine points, more than eight below his average. Paulding is averaging 11.1 points in his last four games and is shooting only 31 percent (15-of-49) in that span.
The Tigers turned the ball over 16 times, including five by McKinney and three each by Paulding and Clemons.