Nov. 24, 2004
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.