Men's Basketball overcomes sloppy shooting to defeat Seton Hall
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Freshman Daniel Gibson scored 15 points and No. 18 Texas overcame its worst shooting game of the season to beat Seton Hall 70-62 on Saturday.
The Longhorns (5-1) had made at least 10 3-pointers in every game and were hitting 50.4 percent from beyond the arc coming in. They were just 6-for-17 on 3s against Seton Hall (2-2), but two of them came when Texas pulled away with a 7-0 run in the second half.
Jason Klotz added 14 points for Texas, while Brad Buckman had 11 and Sydmill Harris 10.
Senior swingman Andre Sweet had a career-high 26 points for the Pirates, who opened the second half with a 12-2 run to get within 40-39 with 13:40 to play.
That was the first of seven times Seton Hall got within one point, but the Pirates were never able to tie or take the lead.
The last time they were within one was 53-52 on a jumper by J.R. Morris with 7:53 left.
Kenny Taylor and Harris each hit a 3 around a free throw by LaMarcus Aldridge as Texas took a 60-52 lead. Seton Hall did not get closer than six points the rest of the way as the Pirates had just two field goals over the final 7 minutes.
Gibson and Harris each had two 3s for Texas, which entered the game 60-for-119 from beyond the arc.
Seton Hall, which entered the game shooting 47.8 percent from 3-point range, went just 3-for-23 against Texas.
Hours before the game Texas declared freshman forward Mike Williams eligible. The 6-foot-7 high school All-America from Camden, Ala., missed the first five games while the school sorted out questions regarding his amateur status. A school panel met Thursday and he was declared eligible on Saturday morning. He was never ruled ineligible by the NCAA.
Williams played 13 minutes and had two points and six rebounds.