Gibson scores 37 in Men's Basketball victory over Baylor
WACO, Texas (AP) -- Daniel Gibson scored a career-high 37 points with nine 3-pointers to lead No. 5 Texas over Baylor 66-47 on Saturday.
The Longhorns (16-2, 4-0 Big 12) won their eighth straight game since consecutive lopsided losses to No. 1 Duke and Tennessee in December.
While leading scorer P.J. Tucker (17.6 points per game) was held scoreless until his only basket in the final minute, Gibson was one short of Al Coleman's school-record 10 3-pointers set against Kansas State in January 1997. He was 9-of-12 on 3-pointers, and 13-of-16 shooting overall.
Baylor (0-4), playing its fourth game after being banned from nonconference games because of violations under former coach Dave Bliss, trailed 45-24 when Gibson hit a 3-pointer from the right corner with 15:21 left.
But the Longhorns didn't score again until Gibson's 3-pointer from the top of the key 6 minutes later -- after Baylor scored 15 straight points. Gibson hit another 3-pointer after a turnover by Baylor to make it 51-39, and Texas wasn't challenged again.
Patrick Fields led Baylor with 20 points with five 3-pointers, two of them in Baylor's 15-0 run that did plenty to make Texas coach Rick Barnes uncomfortable on the bench. But Gibson then hit three 3-pointers in just over 2 minutes while Baylor managed a free throw by Fields.
The Bears have lost 18 straight games. Their longest losing streak is 23 in a row, including all 17 games in the 1944-45 season.
Barnes is 16-0 against Baylor in his eight seasons at Texas. The Longhorns lead 147-75 in the overall series, the longest for both schools that are this season celebrating 100 years of basketball.
Since losing 97-66 against Duke and 95-78 to Tennessee, the Longhorns haven't allowed a team to shoot better than 40 percent. Baylor was 16-of-44 (37 percent).
Tucker had averaged 19 points and 10 rebounds in the stretch. Against the Bears, he had seven rebounds but missed his first seven shots before his lone bucket.
Brad Buckman added 10 points for the Longhorns, but all came before halftime when Texas led 35-22.
Texas opened the second half with a 10-2 run that ended when Gibson scored half the points. Kenton Paulino had a steal and then a bounce pass to Gibson for a layup, and after Paulino hit a long 3-pointer, a 3-pointer by Gibson gave the Longhorns their largest lead.
Aaron Bruce then started the Baylor run with his only basket. The nation's top-scoring freshman last season was 1-of-7 shooting and missed all five of his 3-pointers. He had three fouls and missed his only two shots before halftime.