AUSTIN, Texas (Ticker) -- Guards Kenny Taylor and Daniel Gibson dialed in from long range against Coppin State.
Taylor scored all 14 of his points in the first half, Gibson contributed 17 and the backcourt mates combined for seven 3-pointers before the break in No. 15 Texas' 86-50 pounding of Coppin State.
The freshman Gibson, who scored 19 against Tennessee on Wednesday, got the Longhorns going with back-to-back 3-pointers just over two minutes into the game and Taylor knocked down three straight to give Texas a 21-11 lead with 12:25 left.
"Everyone did a great job of knocking down shots," Taylor said. "The whole team played unselfish. I would say we are a balanced team and I am looking forward to playing with these guys for the rest of the season."
Texas (4-1), which came into the game shooting 48 percent from beyond the arc, hit 9-of-14 in the first half and built a 42-29 halftime lead. The team made 16-of-28 from 3-point range - two shy of the school record. Surprisingly, Coppin State played zone throughout.
"We practice shooting from long range so our guys are confident and have deep range," Longhorns coach Rick Barnes said. "We have four guys on our team who are actually surprised when they miss. We want our guys to stay aggressive, but if we do that, we need to get better from the free throw line."
Gibson was 5-for-7 from beyond the arc and added three assists.
"I just shoot it," Gibson said. "Sometimes, I don't even know where my feet are. Coach never really gets on us about where the shots are from, he just wants us to take open shots."
Kenton Paulino scored 13 for Texas and Jason Klotz added 11 with 10 rebounds for the Longhorns, who held the Eagles to 32 percent shooting (19-for-59). Texas entered the contest holding its opponents to 39 percent from the floor.
Texas blew the game open early in the second half with a 19-3 run that was capped by Gibson's 3-pointer. The surge gave the Longhorns a 61-34 lead with 9:27 left.
Darryl Porter scored 11 points and Nicolas King added 10 for Coppin State (0-3), which lost a memorable 82-81 decision in the second round of the 1997 NCAA Tournament in the only other meeting between the schools.
"Watching how athletic they (Texas) were, we chose to use zone," Eagles coach Fang Mitchell said. "Knowing who to guard when their four and five man can shoot three-pointers is tough. Their point guards are quick, penetrate, and can shoot. They have weapons inside as well as outside.
"But I wasn't very happy with our battle. Texas wore us down mentally. Honestly, I can say that Texas is a quality basketball team."