LINCOLN, Nebraska (Ticker) -- Freshman Daniel Gibson had 12 points and teamed with Kenny Taylor to key a critical run late in the contest as No. 9 Texas posted a 63-53 triumph over Big 12 Conference rival Nebraska.
LaMarcus Aldridge added 10 points for the Longhorns, who rebounded from their first conference defeat of the season, a 74-63 loss to intrastate rival Texas A&M on Wednesday. But Texas (13-3, 2-1 Big 12) has bounced back well under coach Rick Barnes, going 22-5 in games following a loss since the start of the 2001-02.
"It was hard fought," Barnes said. "I thought a lot of good things went on."
Texas looked anything but ready to play early on as Nebraska (8-5, 2-1) opened the contest with an 11-0 run. Freshman Joe McCray had six of his 21 points in the spurt.
But Texas fought back and had the game tied, 19-19, with 6:26 left in the half. The game was deadlocked, 26-26, at the break as Nebraska made just 9-of-24 shots - although six of the baskets were 3-pointers.
"We jumped out with a nice lead and I thought with our start we could play off that," Nebraska guard Marcus Neal Jr. said.
McCray was 7-of-19 from the field, including 5-of-12 from 3-point range, and grabbed 11 rebounds. He was 5-of-6 from the arc in the opening half before Texas clamped down.
"They started guarding me closer and I started rushing my shots," McCray said. "I could see that afterward, I was rushing myself."
In a see-saw second half, Nebraska was within 50-49 following two free throws by John Turek with 4:10 to go. But a jumper by Gibson 29 seconds later ignited an 8-0 spurt that all but sealed the game.
Taylor had five points in the spurt, which Gibson capped with a free throw with 52 seconds left in the contest.
"I thought Gibson was terrific the last four minutes of the game," Barnes said. "He took control for us."
"I got a little more aggressive," Gibson said. "Regardless of who was in front of me, it was time to get the ball to the basket and try to make something happen."
Nebraska never got closer than seven down the stretch.
Turek added 13 points for the Cornhuskers, who shot just 30.5 percent (18-of-59) and saw their bench get outscored, 25-7.
Texas was just 4-of-18 from 3-point range but committed only eight turnovers. The Longhorns improved to 12-4 in the all-time series.