AUSTIN, Texas (Ticker) -- Rick Barnes thought his Texas team was tired. He should have looked down the sidelines.
P.J. Tucker scored 22 points to lead a balanced attack as No. 17 Texas overcame its issues of fatigue and overwhelmed Texas-Arlington, 99-79, for its 22nd straight home win.
Barnes watched his squad bolt to a 48-34 halftime lead behind Kenny Taylor, who scored 12 of his 19 points in the first half. The Longhorns shot 61 percent (19-of-31) from the field in the first 20 minutes.
But the pace began to get to the Longhorns (7-2), who dragged a bit in the second half and finished with 18 turnovers. Barnes took the blame for that.
"I could tell that we were a tired team," he said. "I feel we practiced harder than we played tonight and it's my fault that they are overtrained. When I know that Royal (Ivey) is tired, I know the rest of the guys are tired."
Ivey had 10 points and six assists but missed 4-of-6 free throws. But he believed going hard in practice and games will help the Longhorns down the road.
"Providence is going to play hard (on Monday) and they rebound hard, too," Ivey said. "They are going to be a good challenge."
One Longhorn still trying to get his wind is sophomore guard Kenton Paulino, who made his season debut. Paulino started and scored seven points.
"I was real tired tonight and I didn't expect to play a career-high 22 minutes," Paulino said. "But's it's awesome and I'm glad to be back on the court. I felt comfortable out there."
Although Barnes may be overworking his team, no Longhorn can be feeling the fatigue of the Mavericks (4-6), who dropped their fourth straight game but finally return home.
"Once we get back home, we will get in the weight room Sunday and build stamina," Texas-Arlington coach Eddie McCarter said. "It will be good for us to get back home since we have been on the road since December 6."
Tucker made 6-of-7 shots and 10-of-11 free throws, leading an attack that shot 52 percent (35-of-62) and held a 48-21 advantage on the glass. Brad Buckman collected 12 points and 10 boards.
Derrick Obasohan scored 25 points and Stephen Floyd added 21 for the Mavericks, who fell to 0-3 in the all-time series.