AUSTIN, Texas (Ticker) -- The Texas Longhorns are a different team at the Frank Erwin Center.
Freshman P.J. Tucker scored a season-high 27 points in his first start as 17th-ranked Texas cruised to its 21st straight home win, an 88-72 triumph over George Washington.
Texas (6-2) scored the game's first 11 points and led, 32-12, with seven minutes left in the opening half. The Longhorns enjoyed a 46-29 halftime cushion and held off George Washington over the final 20 minutes.
Texas has not lost at the Erwin Center since the final home game of the 2001-02 campaign, and the Longhorns have been nothing short of dominant here this season. In its six home contests, Texas has outscored opponents by an average of 34 points.
Kenny Taylor added 19 points off the bench for the Longhorns, who have struggled away from home, dropping a pair of neutral site games against ranked teams. Those two losses were by a total of 36 points.
Tucker, who also grabbed 15 rebounds in his first career start, had six points in the opening 11-0 run. Tucker was 12-of-16 from the field and bounced back after a scoreless effort in 16 minutes off the bench against Duke on December 20.
"We felt that we could get the ball to P.J. and he did a great job with it tonight," Texas coach Rick Barnes said. "He made a lot of really good decisions."
"Coach told us to come out and show them what we can really do and we did that," Tucker said. "Everyone really picked up the intensity. My teammates got me the ball a lot tonight."
George Washington coach Karl Hobbs was impressed with Tucker.
"P.J. Tucker dominated the game tonight," Hobbs said. "He is the most surprising player in the country."
Reserve Greg Collucci led the Colonials (6-5) with 23 points, making 7-of-11 3-pointers.
Brian Boddicker added 15 points and six rebounds in 28 minutes off the bench for
George Washington never got closer than 12 in the second half and suffered its third straight loss.