AUSTIN, Texas (Ticker) -- Freshman Brad Buckman's fast start helped No. 4 Texas make sure that there would be little trouble assuring a 14-0 home record.
Buckman scored six points as the Longhorns opened the game with an eight-point burst and never looked back on the way to a 74-60 victory over Kansas State in Big 12 Conference play.
Buckman finished with nine points and Texas (21-5, 12-3 Big 12) was led by James Thomas, who had 22 points and 15 rebounds. Brandon Mouton added 13 points and T.J. Ford had 11.
"We need to relax on both offense and defense," Thomas said. "My main goal tonight was to get as many rebounds as I could."
Kansas State (12-16, 3-12) never led and never had a chance in losing its sixth straight game. Matt Siebrandt led the Wildcats with 12 points.
"That was very hard and we were unable to get a few key stops and I think that is when they got their momentum," said Kansas State guard Frank Richards, who scored 10 points. "They came out and made some big plays that set us back."
Texas led 42-30 at halftime and never saw its lead go below 10 points in the second half. Still, the game did not turn into a blowout as the Longhorns shot just 26 percent (9-of-35) in the second half.
The Longhorns held a commanding 48-27 edge on the glass behind Thomas' big effort.
"I thought we started out fine, then relaxed too much," Barnes said. "We missed a lot of shots, but we did a great job of rebounding."
Texas also overcame rough nights from the floor from Mouton and Ford. Mouton made 5-of-14 shots and Ford was 3-of-10. Ford handed out eight assists and his ballhandling helped limit the Longhorns' turnovers to 10.
Kansas State was the perfect opponent for Texas to face as the Longhorns sought an undefeated season at home. The Wildcats lost their 16th straight conference road game.
"For programs that are trying to rebuild, I think the hardest thing to do is win on the road," Kansas State coach Jim Wooldridge said. "We probably don't have enough experience to come in and win on the road. We aren't one of those teams right now, but I think we can get there."
Texas has had two other unbeaten home seasons since moving into the Erwin Center. The Longhorns opened the building with a 15-0 mark in 1977-78 and went 13-0 in 1994-95.