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Texas Tops Vols, 95-70
C.J. Watson

C.J. Watson

Nov. 24, 2004

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Coach Peterson | Watson

By JIM O'CONNELL
AP Basketball Writer

LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) - Freshman guard Daniel Gibson scored 19 points and started Texas' run of second-half 3-pointers Wednesday, leading the Longhorns to a 95-70 victory over Tennessee in the third-place game of the Maui Invitational.

The 15th-ranked Longhorns (3-1) bounced back from an 82-80 semifinal loss to Iowa with their fourth straight game making at least 10 3-pointers - and they were impressive up front as well.

It didn't faze Texas that the Maui Invitational, which is sponsored by EA Sports, used experimental rules that included a 3-point line that was 20 feet, 6 inches from the basket, 9 inches farther than the NCAA line.

The Longhorns missed 10 of their first 12 shots from beyond the arc against Tennessee (1-2), but Gibson made the first two of six straight for Texas. Sydmill Harris hit the third and Kenny Taylor made the last three as Texas opened a 66-51 lead with 13:39 to play.

The Longhorns, who finished 10-for-25 from beyond the arc, went up 80-59 with 8:04 to play on - what else? - a 3 by Kenton Paulino.

Six Texas players finished in double figures. Jason Klotz had 10 points and 11 rebounds in leading the Longhorns' 44-27 advantage on the boards. Texas, which shot 52 percent overall for the game (33-for-63), outscored Tennessee 44-22 in the paint.

Taylor was 4-for-8 on 3s, while Harris made all three he took and Gibson, who had six assists, was 2-for-8.

C.J. Watson had 19 points for Tennessee, which lost 94-81 to No. 11 North Carolina in the semifinals. The Volunteers had closed to 48-44 on a 3 by Chris Lofton with 17:22 to play when Texas began its 3-point barrage.

Scooter McFadgon scored 13 points for Tennessee, which was 8-for-24 on 3s.

 

 

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