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UT freshman leads blowout

Bradley sets personal high with 18; Baylor steamrolls Jackson State

Texas-Pan American guard Ben Smith, front, turns into the forearm of Texas guard Avery Bradley. Bradley’s 18 points led the Longhorns to a 104-42 rout Tuesday in Austin, Texas.

Texas-Pan American guard Ben Smith, front, turns into the forearm of Texas guard Avery Bradley. Bradley’s 18 points led the Longhorns to a 104-42 rout Tuesday in Austin, Texas.

December 16, 2009

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No. 2 Texas 104, Texas Pan-American 42

Texas freshman Avery Bradley had his third straight impressive game for the second-ranked Longhorns. He scored a season-high 18 points and had five assists to lead Texas to an overpowering victory.

“My comfort level is definitely getting better,” Bradley said. “I came out the second half and tried to let the defensive end get my offensive game going, and it did.”

Bradley, who averaged 16 points on 13-of-26 shooting in the last two games, led the Longhorns (9-0) offensively, going 8 of 15 from the field while involving others with his timely passing.

Jordan Hamilton had 15 points for Texas, while Dexter Pittman controlled the low post with 14 points and seven rebounds, Gary Johnson added 12 points and Justin Mason had 10.

“We’re trying to build habits, and that’s what you’re searching for this time of year,” Texas coach Rick Barnes said of Bradley.

The Longhorns are hoping to see Bradley and fellow freshman Hamilton keep up the production.

“They are playing fearless right now, and I think they have the butterflies out of them,” Pittman said. “They are playing like men.”

Baylor 90, Jackson State 60

Waco, Texas — Tweety Carter scored 22 of his 27 points in the first half, and Quincy Acy put on a dunking exhibition in the second for Baylor.

Acy had five dunks, including a pair of alley-oops assisted by Carter, during a 22-12 run midway through the second half.

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