Tucker powers Longhorns
Freshman scores 27 as UT routs George Washington
Austin, Texas ? Texas coach Rick Barnes shuffled his starting lineup and came up with a winner Monday night.
Freshman P.J. Tucker scored a season-high 27 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in his first collegiate start, leading the 19th-ranked Longhorns to an 88-72 victory over George Washington.
“P.J. Tucker dominated the game,” George Washington coach Karl Hobbs said. “He truly was the difference.”
The Longhorns (6-2) opened with an 11-0 run that was keyed by three inside baskets by Tucker. The 6-foot-5 Tucker, who was held scoreless in Texas’ 89-61 loss Dec. 20 to then-No. 3 Duke, made his first five shots and was 12-of-16 for the game. All of his field goals were within five feet of the basket.
“P.J. was unstoppable tonight,” Texas forward Brian Boddicker said. “He got whatever he wanted down low.”
The Colonials (6-5) finally scored when Carl Elliott hit a three-pointer with 15:11 left in the first half. Another three-pointer and a steal and coast-to-coast layup by Elliott made it 17-12 before the Longhorns put together a 15-0 run midway through the first half.
Kenny Taylor hit two three-pointers and had eight points during the run, while Royal Ivey had a steal and a stutter-step drive to the basket that resulted in a three-point play. Tucker capped the run with another strong move to the basket for a layup, and the Longhorns led 32-12 with 7:29 left in the first half.
GWU cut the lead to 62-50 with 9:44 to play behind the strong outside shooting of Greg Collucci, who hit five threes in the second half.
But Texas pulled away again behind Tucker, who had 10 offensive rebounds.
Collucci led George Washington with 23 points, while T.J. Thompson added 19.
No. 7 Oklahoma 72, Texas-Pan American 57
Norman, Okla. — Kevin Bookout scored a season-high 18 points and had 12 rebounds, and Jaison Williams added 17 points for the Sooners (9-0).
Chris Fagan had 13 points for Texas-Pan American (3-9), which has lost six straight.
Minneapolis — Nate Johnson and Brian Conklin combined for 42 points off the bench, and Nebraska made 11 three-pointers.
Johnson tied a career high with 25 points, and Conklin had 17 — including five three-pointers — for Nebraska (9-1), which shot 52 percent from the field.
Kris Humphries had 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Gophers (6-3), who had won four straight overall.