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Texas trounces Baylor

February 15, 2006

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— Inside and out, No. 6 Texas had everything working against Baylor on Tuesday night.

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 23 and grabbed 12 rebounds, and Texas coasted past Baylor, 90-63, continuing what has been an easy run through most of the Big 12 Conference schedule.

P.J. Tucker scored 21 points and Brad Buckman had 12 points and 11 boards for the Longhorns (22-3 overall, 10-1 Big 12), who are off to their best start in conference play.

The Longhorns hardly have been challenged at home in the Big 12 this season, winning six league games by an average of 25 points. Texas has a one-game lead over Kansas University, with the Jayhawks coming Feb. 25 to Austin.

"We know it's near the end of the Big 12, and these are the games that really count for us," Tucker said. "These are the games you've got to go out and have the killer mentality."

Aaron Bruce scored 15 to lead Baylor (2-9, 2-9), which has lost 17 in a row against Texas.

The last time Texas and Baylor met, Daniel Gibson dominated Baylor with a career-high 37 points in a 66-47 victory, picking up the Longhorns with nine three-pointers against a zone defense packed in under the basket.

He didn't need to do it again.

Tucker, Buckman and Aldridge scored almost at will as Texas built a 24-point lead by halftime. Tucker had 12 points by halftime after being held to just two points - on his last shot in the final seconds - in the first meeting.

"Last game, Daniel Gibson hit us for some 30-something points," Baylor guard Curtis Jerrells said. "The rest of them guys, they had something to prove."

Bears coach Scott Drew said he tried to extend his defense to keep Gibson in check.

"That didn't work," Drew said. "When you play a great team, they can do two things: score inside and score outside. It's tough for us to stop both."

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