AUSTIN, Texas (Ticker) -- Texas' senior class finally can savor a win over Kansas.
Brandon Mouton scored 23 points and James Thomas added his nine in the second half as the 10th-ranked Longhorns defeated the 18th-ranked Jayhawks for the first time in four years, 82-67, in a Big 12 Conference matchup.
Texas (20-4, 11-2 Big 12) won its third straight overall, ending a three-game losing streak in the series with its first victory over Kansas since a 68-54 triumph on February 28, 2000.
The Longhorns took control late in the first half, allowing the senior class of Mouton, Thomas, Royal Ivey and Brian Boddicker to enjoy the moment.
"To beat Kansas at home was a great accomplishment, but it wasn't our goal," Mouton said. "Our goal is to win championships."
The Longhorns trail first-place Oklahoma State by one-half game in the Big 12 race.
Mouton scored five points in a 10-0 spurt that opened a 36-24 advantage 3:15 before halftime. The Longhorns led by as many as 13 points in the first half and settled for a 41-32 advantage at intermission.
"On any given night, someone is going to step up and make an impact," Texas coach Rick Barnes said. "The leadership of our seniors, especially Royal and Brandon, has really been the difference."
The Jayhawks attempted to rally when Jeff Graves was fouled by Boddicker with Kansas facing a 58-50 deficit with 12:48 left. But Graves threw the ball at Boddicker, who was laying on the floor, and was whistled for a technical foul.
It continued a troubling pattern of behavior for Graves, who was a key figure in Kansas' back-to-back Final Four appearances the last two years. He was suspended in December and left home for a road trip to Iowa State due to his attitude problem.
Kenny Taylor made both technical foul shots to trigger a 12-2 run for the Longhorns, who opened a 70-52 cushion when Thomas made 1-of-2 at the line with 7:54 to go. Thomas netted five points in the tear.
Kansas (17-7, 9-4) has lost four straight conference road games for the first time since the 1986-87 season. The Jayhawks have fallen by an average of more than 15 points during the skid.
"We played hard until the end, but they were just better," said Kansas coach Bill Self, who fell to 0-3 against Texas. "I expected this game to be tough and knew that the atmosphere here would be good no matter what."
Keith Langford, a Texas native, scored 11 of his 17 points after halftime to lead Kansas. Wayne Simien added 15 points for the Jayhawks, who shot 38.5 percent (25-of-65) and had only eight assists.
The Longhorns, who led by as many as 19 points in the final minutes, improved to 14-1 at home and 3-10 all-time against Kansas.