Gibson hits six 3-pointers in 80-73 win over Texas Tech
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Daniel Gibson scored 20 points, hitting all six of his 3-pointers, to lead No. 16 Texas to an 80-73 victory over Texas Tech on Tuesday night.
The Longhorns (15-4, 4-2 Big 12) went 14-of21 from 3-point range and made four in a row during one key stretch midway through the second half. It was the eighth game this season Texas has hit at least 10 3s.
Kenton Paulino added 16 points and Brad Buckman had 14 rebounds for Texas.
Ronald Ross scored 29 points and Devonne Giles added 18 for Texas Tech (11-5, 3-2), which came in as the Big 12's top-scoring team but shot just 37 percent against Texas' new zone defense.
Gibson and Paulino hit four 3-pointers in a 2-minute span of the second half that saw the Longhorns build the biggest lead of the game, 65-49.
Ross kept the Red Raiders from fading away, hitting six 3-pointers to pull Tech within 72-67 with just under 3 minutes left.
The game was a defensive battle before the fireworks started.
Texas, which has rarely used a zone, stayed in one the entire game in an effort to ease wear-and-tear on a depleted roster and avoid foul trouble.
Texas is down to just eight scholarship players after P.J. Tucker was declared academically ineligible last week and freshman LaMarcus Aldridge was sidelined indefinitely with a hip injury.
But neither was ever much of a 3-point threat when they were on the floor and were hardly missed once the Longhorns starting launching shots.
Texas' zone held the Red Raiders to 10-of-40 shooting in the first half.
Texas hit five 3-pointers in the first half but really was just getting started.
Gibson hit two early in the second, one from about 25 feet, and Buckman stepped out for another before Paulino finally found his range.
A 40 percent shooting team from long-range this season, seemingly couldn't miss once Gibson and Paulino cranked up their streak that built the big lead.
ON COACH KNIGHT: He is one of the greatest coaches. I have so much respect for him and what he has done. The years he has put into the game and the longevity of his career should earn him respect. Fans can't cross the line. I want people to think our fans are first class. I know that Bobby would never allow fans to cross the line when we play them on the road.
ON DANIEL GIBSON: He is playing smart. He is getting a feel for what he needs to do. He is confident now. He has gotten smarter and the experience is helping him figure everything out.
Daniel Gibson, Freshman Guard
ON AN EIGHT-MAN ROTATION: Fatigue was not an issue. We have guys on our team that can play every position and sometimes they have to do that. Each player just goes out there and plays as hard as he can.
Brad Buckman, Junior Forward
ON PERSEVERENCE: This game was a fight until the end and no one gave up. But, we just kept attacking and fighting to get the win.
Texas Tech head coach, Bob Knight
ON TEXAS: I like their team, the way they play and they way they are coached. It is enjoyable to watch and play them. Texas is a good three point shooting team. I knew that about them before. It is really hard to beat a team that makes 14 threes.
Devonne Giles, Senior Forward
Ronald Ross, Senior Guard