AUSTIN, Texas (Ticker) -- After a heartbreaking loss Saturday, No. 12 Texas returned to the Frank Erwin Center looking to take out some frustration on Centenary.
Kenny Taylor scored a season-high 23 points and freshman LaMarcus Aldridge added 19 as the Longhorns opened a five-game homestand with a dominating 97-50 victory over the Gents.
After suffering an 89-88 loss at then-No. 5 Wake Forest on Saturday, Texas bounced back with one of its best offensive performances of the season, shooting 63 percent (37-of-59). Texas' defense was also dominant, limiting Centenary to just 36 percent (19-of-53) shooting and 12 points in the first half.
"We have worked very hard the last two days," Texas coach Rick Barnes. "We went three hours on Monday and watched the tape on Sunday. It showed that we did not play well on defense.
"We had a tough workout yesterday and I was almost afraid it would affect us tonight. The guards were more physical tonight. Overall, I think Kenny Taylor was the player of the game on both ends."
Taylor was 10-of-13 from the floor, including 3-of-5 from the arc, as the Longhorns won their 29th consecutive home game against an unranked opponent.
"This game was about getting better as a unit," Taylor said. "We want to play hard every night, but tonight was about improving on defense. We all knew that we let our last game slip away because of our defensive effort. Tonight, we improved on our intensity. Everyone was getting in the passing lanes and working hard on defense.
Aldridge was 7-of-8 from the floor and also blocked four shots as Texas dominated inside, outscoring Centenary, 44-16, in the paint. After holding a 10-7 edge just over six minutes into the game, the Longhorns (8-2) closed out the first half with a 32-5 outburst. Taylor, who scored 12 points in the first half, sparked the run with a 3-pointer and capped it with another jumper from the arc only three second before the intermission.
In the first half, Texas shot 61 percent (17-of-28) from the floor to take a 42-12 lead into the break.
"Coming into the game I knew the score would not be my major concern," Centenary coach Kevin Johnson said. "I wanted to get value out of the experience of playing the 15th ranked team in the country. We are a new team with eight new guys. We had seven seniors last year. The main concern was to take away experience, regardless of the score.
Freshman Mike Williams scored 13 points, P.J. Tucker added 12 and Jason Klotz chipped in 10 off the bench as the Longhorns had five players score in double figures.
Kevin Taylor hit four 3-pointers and scored 14 points to pace the Gents, who fell to 0-5 on the road.