AUSTIN, Texas (Ticker) -- P.J. Tucker scored 18 points and Sydmill Harris and Brad Buckman added 13 apiece as No. 15 Texas opened the season with a 95-63 rout of Texas State in the season opener for both teams.
Tucker scored 14 in the first half as the Longhorns opened a 50-35 advantage and coasted to its 23rd win in 28 home openers since moving to the Erwin Center in 1977.
Texas has won 16 straight and 34 of 39 against Texas State, which was formerly Southwest Texas State. The Longhorns improved to 48-3 vs. in-state foes under coach Rick Barnes.
It was Texas' 25th consecutive home triumph against an unranked opponent, dating to an 80-74 loss to Texas A&M on January 23, 2002.
Tucker, who was one of six sophomores to be named to the preseason Player of the Year list, made 8-of-10 shots to lead six Longhorns in double figures. Texas shot 57 percent (36-of-63) from the field and 59 percent (13-of-22) from the arc.
Anthony Dill scored 19 points and Brad Brickens added 15 for the Bobcats, who have not defeated the Longhorns since posting a 33-31 victory on December 7, 1937.
Freshman Daniel Gibson scored 11 on 3-of-8 shooting in his Texas debut and fellow freshman LaMarcus Aldridge chipped in with 10 off the bench.
Gibson, Aldridge and Mike Williams, who did not play because of eligibility concerns, were all McDonald's All-Americans last season and are expected to help replace the four departed seniors from last season's team that made the Sweet 16.