AUSTIN, Texas (Ticker) -- Brandon Mouton and Texas were clicking on all cylinders in the first half.
Mouton scored 12 of his 17 points in the first half as the 16th-ranked Longhorns knocked No. 3 Wake Forest from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 94-81 victory.
Texas (10-2) extended its home winning streak to 24 games, riding a hot-shooting first half. The Longhorns shot a blistering 60 percent (18-of-30), led by as many as 15 points and drained eight 3-pointers in building a 52-39 cushion.
"We had to play with the type of energy and effort we needed to win," Texas coach Rick Barnes said. "The game was based on being aggressive, but we needed to be aware of what was going on around us."
Wake Forest (11-1) pulled as close as 62-58 on Trent Strickland's layup with 11:31 remaining. Brian Boddicker answered with a 3-pointer that triggered an 11-4 burst for a 73-62 advantage for the Longhorns, who have won five straight.
The Demon Deacons, who received only 10 scoreless minutes from forward Vytas Danelius (ankle sprain), had a six-game road winning streak snapped. Justin Gray, who made eight 3-pointers, led Wake Forest with a career-high 27 points.
"Texas played really well and we had to play nearly perfect in the second half to come back," Wake Forest coach Skip Prosser said. "This game was a test and we learned a lot."
Freshman P.J. Tucker took advantage of Danelius' absence inside, scoring a season-high 21 points and grabbing seven rebounds. Boddicker added a double-double with 14 and 10 as the Longhorns held a commanding 42-28 edge on the glass.
"This was a big game for us," Tucker said. "We worked hard all week in practice playing as a team. This really helps our confidence after a couple of hard losses in New York (to Arizona and Duke)."
The aggressiveness of Tucker inside and the relentless work outside of Royal Ivey and Edgar Moreno kept Texas running all game. Ivey and Moreno each chipped in 10 points and Kenny Taylor added nine.
"This game was a lot of fun," Boddicker said. "It was two teams going back and forth for 40 minutes."
Wake freshman point guard Chris Paul finished with nine points and eight assists, but struggled to keep up with Texas' breakneck pace. Eric Williams, who averages 17.2 points, managed only four on 1-of-5 shooting.