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Updated: Sunday, January 9, 2005 8:37 PM EST
NCAA BASKETBALL RECAP
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(11) Texas 79, Baylor 60

AUSTIN, Texas (Ticker) -- Playing without senior Jason Klotz, freshmen Daniel Gibson and LaMarcus Aldridge stepped up to continue Texas' dominance over Baylor.

Gibson scored 13 of his 18 points in the first half and Aldridge added 16 and 11 rebounds as No. 11 Texas captured its 14th consecutive victory over Baylor, 79-60, in the Big 12 Conference opener for both schools.

After throwing a punch in the Longhorns' 74-67 win over Memphis on Thursday, Klotz was suspended for this one. The senior center is Texas' fifth-leading scorer at 11.3 points per game.

"Everyone played hard and we got off to a nice start (in conference)," Gibson said. "I know that when I'm in trouble, everyone is there to help me out. Coach (Rick) Barnes always says that good teams start with their defense. The Big 12 is a lot more physical than we're used to, and we had to adjust to that. Overall, we played hard."

Holding Baylor to 38 percent (8-of-21) shooting in the second half, the Longhorns kept their eighth opponent under 68 points, including their third in their last five games.

Without one of its top inside players, Texas (12-2, 1-0 Big 12) grabbed an early advantage behind a 3-point barrage by Gibson and Kenton Paulino. Gibson went 3-of-6 from the arc in the first half and Paulino made all three of his attempts as the Longhorns took a 45-37 halftime lead.

"Knowing they were playing a zone defense made me worry less about my play inside," Paulino said. "I just looked for open shots and took them. Fast breaks helped out with our shooting, but Baylor did a good job of slowing us down, and we were a little impatient at first. We had a few uncharacteristic turnovers, but we fought back."

In the second half, Gibson knocked down his fourth 3-pointer and Aldridge added a three-point play and followed a miss by Kenny Taylor with a dunk for a 63-49 lead with 11:23 remaining.

"I am amazed that as a freshman, LaMarcus has such a commitment to getting better," Barnes said. "He puts so much time in. He had to become stronger and more physical. He has a great presence inside tonight."

Daniel finished 6-of-13 from the field with six rebounds and Aldridge grabbed five offensive rebounds en route to his first double-double for Texas, which shot 55 percent (29-of-53) with 11 3-pointers in its 33rd straight home victory against an unranked foe.

"I feel like I did a better job posting deep and rebounding," Aldridge said. "I need to work on my right hand follow-up dunk. I made the left hand dunk, but I can work on that at practice."

Paulino scored a career-high 17 points and Brad Buckman added 12, eight rebounds and six blocks for the Longhorns, who dominated the Bears on the boards, 38-17, and topped them in second-chance points, 23-10.

"Texas rebounded well, so it was hard for us to get points in transition," Baylor coach Scott Drew said. "Their job on the boards was the difference in the game. Coach Barnes' teams are known for their rebounding and they showed that tonight. They did a good job working the ball instead of forcing up quick shots like other teams will do."

Tim Bush scored 20 points and Tommy Swanson chipped in 14 for the Bears (7-4, 0-1), who had a five-game winning streak snapped.

Patrick added 12 points but committed seven of Baylor's 14 turnovers. Aaron Bruce had 11 points before fouling out for the Bears, who got just two points from six reserves.


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