Austin, Texas — Texas had just won, but nobody was happy, neither the players nor Longhorns coach Rick Barnes.
Not after a sloppy second half that made an 85-70 victory over Texas-Arlington on Wednesday night much closer than it should have been.
And especially not when they consider the Longhorns' next game is at No. 6 Wake Forest.
"I thought we played as if we thought that at any point we wanted to move the score up we could," Barnes said. "It's not about that, it's about execution. ... It's just sloppy. There's no sense in trying to sugarcoat it."
Texas (7-1) had no problem executing in the first half, building a 52-29 lead while shooting 56 percent.
The 52 points were the most the Longhorns had scored in a half this season, with much of the production coming from a second straight strong outing by the post players.
Jason Klotz and LaMarcus Aldridge each scored 14 points, and Brad Buckman added 13 points and eight rebounds for the Longhorns.
Texas A&M 78, Louisiana-Monroe 36
College Station, Texas -- Antoine Wright scored 21 points to lead Texas A&M.
Wright added nine rebounds and two assists for the Aggies (7-0), who already have won as many games as they did all last season. The team is off to its best start since the 1980-81 season.
Acie Law added 15 points, seven assists and five rebounds for the Aggies.
DeAndre Alexander, Daryl Mason and Darien Bynum each scored eight points for Louisiana-Monroe (4-3).
The Aggies never trailed after jumping to an 18-4 lead.