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Updated: Sunday, December 14, 2003 10:32 PM EST
NCAA BASKETBALL RECAP
(6) Texas 89, New Orleans 55

AUSTIN, Texas (Ticker) -- In a classic sandwich game, P.J. Tucker and Texas used some big bites to stretch its home winning streak.

Tucker scored 17 points and Brian Boddicker added a double-double as the sixth-ranked Longhorns cruised to an 89-55 rout of previously unbeaten New Orleans.

Texas (5-1) entered off a 91-83 loss to Arizona in New York on Tuesday and has another trip to the Big Apple scheduled for next Saturday against Duke. In between, the Longhorns had Sunday's home game against the unheralded Privateers.

The Longhorns had no trouble extending their home winning streak to 20 games with a pair of huge runs. Brandon Mouton scored six of his 15 points in an 11-3 run that closed the first half for a 41-27 advantage.

"We work really hard in practice and I'm just trying to carry over what we do into the game," Mouton said.

Five different players scored in an 11-4 surge that opened up a 63-38 cushion near the midway point of the second half.

New Orleans (3-1) fell to 8-17 all-time against current members of the Big 12 Conference. The Privateers lost for the first time in three games against the Longhorns - the teams had not met since first time since November 30, 1983.

Boddicker recorded 16 points and 12 rebounds off the bench, illustrating the difference between the clubs. No player for New Orleans reached either of those figures.

"Brian was really terrific tonight," Texas coach Rick Barnes said. "Forget everything else, I like the fact that he had 12 rebounds."

Boddicker, known as a tremendous outside shooter, made all six free throws and is 21-of-23 from the line this season. Last season, the senior forward shot 67 percent (35-of-52) on foul shots.

"At the beginning of the year, coach Barnes gave each of us our personal stats and my free-throw percentage wasn't where I wanted it to be," Boddicker said. "I've been trying to get it back to where it was when I left high school."

Tucker, a freshman reserve from North Carolina, grabbed six rebounds to fally shy of his fourth double-double. The Longhorns held a 51-30 edge in bench points.

"When they make substitutions, they just keep getting stronger and stronger," New Orleans coach Monty Towe said. "We are glad that we were able to play against a team like Texas."

Bo McCalebb scored 15 points to lead the Privateers, which had no starter reach double figures.


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