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Updated: Saturday, February 15, 2003 6:17 PM EST
NCAA BASKETBALL RECAP
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(6) Texas 75, Nebraska 63
TEXAS LONGHORNS
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LINCOLN, Nebraska (Ticker) -- Brandon Mouton's burst near the end of the first half provided the wakeup call for a sluggish effort by Texas.

Mouton scored 14 of his season-high 24 points in a key five-minute span as the sixth-ranked Longhorns won their third straight game with a 75-63 Big 12 Conference victory over Nebraska.

Texas (17-4, 8-2 Big 12) scored the game's first seven points before hitting a cold spell on offense and struggling to find a rhythm. Nebraska (9-14, 1-9) grabbed a 24-21 lead on an inside basket by Brennon Clemmons with just over five minutes left in the first half.

Mouton converted a pair of layups to give Texas the lead for good and did all the scoring as the Longhorns closed the half on a 14-6 burst. He nailed two 3-pointers in the run and converted a layup off a steal for a 35-28 advantage with a minute left.

"He carried us in the first half and showed us what he is capable of doing," Texas coach Rick Barnes said.

"He came out with the hot hand," Clemmons said. "We played him like he was their top shooter, but I didn't think he would be that hot."

Royal Ivey score 12 points and T.J. Ford made up for a quiet scoring afternoon by handing out 10 assists for Texas, which improved to 3-2 in Big 12 road play.

"It was a great road and team win for us today," Barnes said. "Different individuals had solid games for us today."

A foul shot by Corey Simms pulled the Cornhuskers within 41-35 early in the second half. Texas freshman Brad Buckman made two foul shots and Ivey drained a 3-pointer to restore an 11-point cushion.

A 3-pointer by seldom-used Chris Ogden triggered a 10-2 tear that supplied Texas with its biggest lead at 60-43. Terrell Ross' layup - his only basket of the game capped the burst with 10:33 to go.

"I thought that Texas played really good on the boards and were extremely physical," Nebraska coach Barry Collier said. "I thought that they had the edge and were able to react more and quicker to the loose balls and the rebounds."

James Thomas had 10 points and 12 rebounds as Texas held a 41-30 advantage on the glass. The Longhorns' physical play helped foul out Nebraska forward John Turek, who scored just nine points and five boards.

"They had three or four guys going to the boards hard all the time," Turek said. "They keep going at you and don't accept a blockout."

Simms scored 12 points for Nebraska, which dropped its seventh straight. The Cornhuskers were a woeful 3-of-12 from beyond the arc as Brian Conklin missed all six attempts.

In contrast, Mouton was 4-of-8 on 3-pointers to spark the Longhorns' lethargic perimeter game. Ford was 2-of-7 from the floor and reserve shooting guard Sydmill Harris missed all four shots before leaving with an apparent leg injury early late in the first half.

The Longhorns scored 11 points off 14 offensive rebounds.


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