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Updated: Tuesday, November 18, 2003 1:23 AM EST
NCAA BASKETBALL RECAP
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(11) Texas 89, Brown 51

AUSTIN, Texas (Ticker) -- Texas had few problems with its frontcourt, but the backcourt remains a work in progress.

Freshman P.J. Tucker scored 18 points and James Thomas grabbed 19 rebounds as 11th-ranked Texas posted an 89-51 victory over Brown in the NABC Classic.

Behind Thomas, a 6-8 senior and Tucker, the Longhorns dominated Brown inside. Tucker had 13 rebounds as Texas held a 62-33 advantage on the boards and Thomas collected seven of Texas' 24 offensive rebounds.

While the play of its bigger players was not a problem, Texas' backcourt struggled, especially senior Royal Ivey - who was moved to point guard to replace last year's national Player of the Year T.J. Ford.

Ivey, who did play 26 games at point guard as a freshman, struggled Monday. He finished with just six points, two assists and three turnovers in 23 minutes.

The loss of Ford was evidenced by Texas' slow start. The Longhorns committed nine of their 13 turnovers in the first half and shot just 40.5 percent (15-of-37) from the field.

Once the Longhorns settled down, they used runs of 13-0 and 16-7 to take a 38-21 lead into the locker room. Brandon Mouton, one of four seniors on Texas, scored 12 of his first 16 points in the opening 20 minutes.

Once the second half began, Tucker and Baylor transfer Kenny Taylor took over. Taylor had three of his four 3-pointers in the half and two of his three assists led to easy baskets by Tucker.

Brown last faced Texas in 1987 - a game that the Bears won. But this time, they shot just 30 percent (19-of-63) and committed 20 turnovers.


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