Gary Johnson

Former Longhorn Gary Johnson in medically induced coma after collision during Israel game

Former Longhorns forward Gary Johnson is in a medically induced coma following a collision during an Israel Basketball Association Game on Tuesday.

Johndre Jefferson, a former USC basketball player, was on the other end of the collision. He tweeted that, while chasing down a loose ball, he "accidentally elbowed [Johnson] in the forehead," which "cracked his skull" and put him "in critical condition."

Jefferson did tweet Wednesday morning that Johnson "is awake and talking."

Johnson sent a text to Texas trainer Eric Fry, saying, "I'm fine" Wednesday.

Johnson averaged 11.5 points and 6.8 rebounds as a senior for Texas two seasons ago, when the Longhorns fell to Arizona in the NCAA Tournament's Round of 32. The Houston product scored 9.4 points per game and grabbed 5.6 rebounds per game as a junior, averaged 10.0 points and 5.3 rebounds per game as a sophomore and scored 5.6 points per game while averaging 3.7 rebounds per game as a freshman.

Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson speaks about his political platform in Hogg Auditorium Monday afternoon. Johnson said he would pursue a foreign policy of non-intervention, legalize gay marriage and replace current taxes with a national sales tax.

Photo Credit: Raveena Bhalara | Daily Texan Staff

Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson sought to differentiate himself from the two major presidential candidates during a speech in Hogg Auditorium on Monday.

Johnson said voting for a third-party candidate does not constitute wasting a vote if voters believe in the principles the candidate adheres to.

“What is a more wasted vote than voting for someone you don’t believe in?” Johnson asked.

Johnson, who served as governor of New Mexico from 1995 to 2003, said he would not take military action against Iran. Presidential candidates Mitt Romney, former Massachusetts governor, and President Barack Obama support military action as an option to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

“We bomb Iran, we’re going to find ourselves in a two-year bombing maintenance program of Iran,” Johnson said.

Johnson said he would end combat operations in Afghanistan immediately and pursue a foreign policy of non-intervention.

On national security, Johnson said he would have vetoed the PATRIOT Act, a law that expanded law enforcement agencies’ surveillance abilities. He said he also would have prevented the establishment of the Transportation Security Administration and Department of Homeland Security. According to his campaign’s website, Johnson would repeal the PATRIOT Act and would allow private security firms to provide airport security.

He also said he would have vetoed the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2012, which contains a provision authorizing the indefinite detention of persons suspected of terrorist involvement by the federal government.

Johnson said Obama has not taken enough action on gay rights and affirmed his own support for gay marriage.

“Marriage equality is a constitutional guarantee,” he said.

Obama presided over the repeal of the U.S. military’s “Don’t ask, Don’t tell” policy, signed legislation that added sexual orientation to federal hate crime laws and announced his support for gay marriage.

Johnson also criticized the Obama administration for allowing the Drug Enforcement Administration to raid medical marijuana dispensaries in states that have legalized the use of medical marijuana and said he would legalize the use of marijuana.

“The more we talk about it, the more people understand it’s just like the prohibition of alcohol,” he said.

On economics, Johnson said he would repeal the income tax, corporate tax and the Internal Revenue Service and replace them with a nationwide sales tax, which he said would eliminate tax loopholes and deductions for corporations.

Christina Graves, international relations and global studies senior, said she did not know anything about Johnson before attending the speech, but identified with his views, which she characterized as socially liberal and fiscally conservative.

Graves said she normally identifies as a Democrat but is not sure who she will vote for in November.

Malcolm Macleod, member of Libertarian Longhorns, which sponsored the event, said he agrees with Johnson’s position regarding balancing the federal budget and reducing the national debt.

“That’s the best thing we can do for the future: not leaving mountains of debt,” Macleod said.

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(Courtesy of Gary Johnson, Gred Karger, and Jon Huntsman Jr.)

U.S. Rep. Michele Bachman, R-Minn., and former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney have monopolized the media’s attention with controversial ideologies, but some of the 12 GOP contenders have more moderate tendencies that would appeal to the mainstream if they could get the public to pay attention.

Due to the political and economic climate, politicians that are not already famous are less likely to make the news because of cutbacks many media outlets are facing, resulting in a focus on Bachmann and Romney, said UT law professor Sanford Levinson.

“In earlier days, a young rookie reporter would cover a less-known presidential candidate, like the initial coverage of President Barack Obama,” Levinson said. “Under the current economic crisis, newspapers and television stations have had to cut the rookie, so unless they are a very rich media outlet, they cannot afford to follow all of these candidates.”
The Daily Texan takes a look at three Republican presidential candidates that could appeal to more Americans, if only their names were more recognized.

Former governor of New Mexico Gary Johnson

Although Johnson is not ranked in any presidential polls released thus far, he has won the hearts of some conservatives around the nation because of his small-government mentality and his outspoken criticism of the war on drugs.

As the former governor of New Mexico, Johnson follows the traditional conservative ideology of keeping taxes low and government small. During his time as governor from 1993-2003, he vetoed over 750 spending bills and left New Mexico with a $1 billion surplus.

Running on the platform “Tolerance is American,” Johnson appeals to some Democrats with his liberal attitudes on social issues such as gay marriage, abortion rights and immigration reform.

“It’s not American to give rights to certain groups of people and not others,” Johnson said on his website. “It’s not American to stir up irrational fears about other Americans’ religious beliefs and it’s not American to discriminate against others.”

Former governor of Utah and former U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman Jr.

Huntsman, a moderate, has been considered one of the most dangerous dark horses in the GOP race, and some political analysts say he could be the only candidate capable of unseating Obama because of the new brand of Republicanism Huntsman stands for.

“The party needs to be more intellectually rigorous and to compete for the votes of the young, the elites and minorities,” he said to POLITICO. “To do so, the GOP needs to tack toward the middle on environment, gay rights and immigration.”

Huntsman has served under four U.S. presidents, most recently as the ambassador to China under Obama from 2009-2011. As governor of Utah, Huntsman’s top priorities included conservative economic development, health care reform and education. According to an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released last week, Huntsman is ranked eighth among GOP primary candidates. Bachman ranked first.

Fred Karger

Using the slogan “Fred Who?” Karger has recognized his lack of media coverage but has grown in popularity within the past month as he has campaigned at various rallies throughout the nation.

Karger is the first-ever openly gay major-party presidential primary candidate. Republicans like Karger’s conservative fiscal policy, while his more progressive social views appeal to liberals. He has worked on nine different presidential campaigns and served as a senior campaign consultant to former presidents Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush and Gerald Ford.

“I am a fiscal conservative. I come from a finance background,” Karger said in a speech at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics. “I want to work to strengthen our economy, and I want to work with corporations to incentivize them to keep jobs in America.”

As a political consultant and gay-rights activist, Karger has declared himself the “Anti-Romney” candidate and said he wants to “throw a wrench” in Romney’s campaign. Last month, Karger filed a formal complaint against Romney for having registered and voted in Massachusetts when his primary residence was in another state.

Which under-publicized GOP candidate do you think has the best chance at beating President Barack Obama in the 2012 election? Take our poll here.

Printed on 07/25/2011 as: The Dark Horses, Lesser-known GOP candidates flaunt moderate platforms for 2012 race

You’ve got to feel bad for Gary Johnson.

He just ran out of time. He picked up the 686th and final rebound of his college career, but before any shot could be taken or any foul could be made, the clock showed all zeros.

This wasn’t how things were supposed to end. He couldn’t believe it. His teammates couldn’t believe it.

The leader and heart of the Longhorns will never put on a Texas uniform again.

His four-year career at Texas: done. It went by just like that.

Johnson came in as a freshman full of raw talent. His skills slowly developed. His attitude got better. He became the most-respected player throughout the locker room. The man that each player could go to if needed.

On the court, he always had his head in the game. Off the court, he was a fun, laid-back jokester whether he was spitting some freestyle rhymes or making fun of his Canadian teammates’ accents.

He faced hardships growing up in the Houston area being raised by his grandmother. He was a superstar in high school and competitively recruited.

He got to Texas, but before his freshman season had to sit out the first couple of months because of a severe heart problem that luckily cleared up.

He played as a freshman and was a critical part of the team that advanced to the Elite Eight in 2008. Johnson came off the bench for the majority of his first three seasons. He averaged double figures in points his final three seasons and was among the team’s top rebounders in
those seasons.

This year, he was one of four seniors. Alongside Matt Hill, Dogus Balbay and Jai Lucas, Johnson was a big part of the changed attitude in this year’s Texas team.

Even though Texas only advanced one round further than last year, it was a big leap.

Gary: The Leader

It is no secret that last year’s squad was not together. We all know that some players had their own agenda. The team suffered from it.
This year, the Longhorns were one. From top to bottom, the team got along. No loose bolts.

“He’s the reason we got this thing going,” said J’Covan Brown.

Johnson assumed the role as Texas’ leader. He led by example by always coming early and staying late to work on his shot. He led vocally by coaching his teammates on and off the court.

Sometimes Johnson has a lot to say. Other times, he doesn’t.

But when he doesn’t have much to say, his emotions say so much.

A couple days after Texas’ first Big 12 loss of the season to Nebraska, Johnson was asked by a media member to explain what happened against the Huskers.

“We lost,” Johnson said, still frustrated from the game.

Well, what do you need to do now?

“We got to win,” Johnson said.

It’s that simple. But at the same time, it’s so complex. The way he paused before he chose his words. His facial expression showed how much the loss hurt him.

“If he tells you something, you know it’s some wise wisdom,” said Tristan Thompson.

Gary: The Defender

Johnson took pride in his defensive role this season. Everyone knew he could hit a mid-range jump shot and could post up in the paint.

On the defensive end, Johnson wanted to play similar to Balbay’s lockdown style. He worked hard at it and got much better. With that, he gained confidence in his ability to defend. He started declaring that he would be the one guarding the opposition’s star player. He wanted Kansas’ Morris twins. He wanted Arizona’s Derrick Williams. He even wanted Baylor’s guard LaceDarius Dunn.

“That shows the type of maturity that Gary has in his game,” Thompson said. “He wants to guard the best player. With him being a senior, him being a leader, I can’t say nothing. I’m like, ‘OK, Gary, go take that assignment.’”

Gary: The Future

Johnson was not ready for his college career to end. Fans may remember him for his streaky shots and clutch rebounding. But there won’t be any parade for him. His jersey won’t be retired. He will not be all over Texas record books for years to come — he was six rebounds shy of cracking Texas’ all-time top-10 rebounders.

He will definitely be remembered by his teammates and coaches who have seen him grow and develop throughout his four years at Texas.
Whether he goes on to play professionally remains a question. Don’t expect to see his name on many NBA mock drafts.

“I have learned a lot. I feel like I have grown into a better player,” Johnson said. “So we will see what my future endeavors have to offer.”

You really have to feel bad for Gary Johnson. He shouldn’t have to worry about it yet. He only needed half a second more. He would have made both free throws. Texas would have advanced to the Sweet 16 where they would play Duke in Anaheim.

He just ran out of time.

“It’s part of the game,” Johnson said. “You live with it.”

TULSA, Okla. — J’Covan Brown couldn’t shake the hands of Arizona players after the game as he lay prostrate on the floor of the BOK Center. He wouldn’t look his teammates in the eyes — jersey pulled over his head — as he walked off the court.

Brown missed the final shot for the Longhorns on Sunday, a potential game-winner against Arizona in the third round of the NCAA tournament, but without him they would never have gotten that close.

He scored the lion’s share of the points in his team’s comeback attempt, accounting for 21 of the last 28, and almost shot Texas into the Sweet 16 with a 23-point, three-assist performance.

“I think J’Covan put us in a situation that we wouldn’t have been in if he weren’t in the game,” said Texas senior Gary Johnson. “He was a key to this run.”

After settling for mostly three-point attempts in the first half, Brown chose a more direct route to the basket in the second. During one 90-second stretch, he drove the ball through the lane on three-straight Texas possessions, drawing two fouls and ultimately creating six points.

“He made the shots down the stretch,” said Jordan Hamilton, the Longhorns’ leading scorer. “He got fouled and he knocked down his free throws.”

Brown mixed his driving layups with unorthodox fadeaways and pull-up jumpers. He was the most effective player for Texas, oftentimes creating his own offense from the top of the key as Hamilton went 7-of-18 from the floor for 18 points.

“I just thought about the seniors that we have on our team,” Brown said. “I just tried to give my all to them. I just tried to be aggressive.”

Even more importantly, he drew plenty of contact, personally putting at least two Arizona players — Kyryl Natyazhko and Jesse Perry — into foul trouble. Brown was perfect from the line, making 13-of-13 free throws.

“He’s a heck of an offensive player,” said Arizona coach Sean Miller. “Texas did a good job of putting him in position to use a lot of ball screens, we didn’t have an answer for him.”

An accurate encapsulation of Brown’s second half came with 4:28 to play and the Longhorns down five. He collected a defensive rebound, drove the length of the court, split the ball left and then hit a jumper over Arizona’s Brendon Lavender as he flew towards the baseline. His free throw afterwards cut the lead to two.

And with the game on the line, Brown was trusted with the ball and the final shot. Arizona’s Derrick Williams scored a layup on a backside cut and then sunk a free throw, giving his team a one-point lead with less than 10 seconds remaining. Brown received the inbounds pass, dribbled to half court, then crossed over to his right and drove hard. Leaning into his defender, he got off a high floater but the ball fell short and Johnson was unable to convert a second-chance basket before the buzzer sounded.

“I just tried to get to the rim,” Brown said. “Things happen.”

TULSA, Okla. — Cory Joseph usually looks for his teammates to make two or three cuts on an inbounds pass. With 14 seconds remaining and Texas up two points, Joseph decided he was only going to look for one cut by J’Covan Brown and one cut by Jordan Hamilton before calling time-out.

But when he turned to the official to call time-out, he heard a whistle.

“I called a time-out before he blew the whistle,” Joseph said. “So when he blew the whistle, I thought he was going to call a time-out for us. But he called five seconds.”

Following the questionable call, Arizona’s Derrick Williams made a miraculous shot and drew a foul to regain the lead and beat Texas 70-69 to advance to the Sweet 16 and eliminate Texas from the NCAA Tournament.

Hamilton tried taking a charge on the play but did not get the call.

“I didn’t even feel contact at all,” Hamilton said. “But the ref made up his mind and called a foul. There’s nothing we can do about it now.”

Texas had one last chance with nine seconds remaining as Brown, who scored Texas’ last 11 points — most of which were made at the free-throw line — went to the basket trying to get contact and this time could not get the call. Gary Johnson picked up the loose ball and was unable to get a shot off in the last second as Texas’ season came to an end.

A handful of calls that could have gone either way determined the outcome of Sunday’s loss.

Texas put itself in the situation as it played one of its worst first halves of the season, trailing by as much as 13. The Longhorns had to play from behind and slowly cut the Arizona lead before regaining it with two minutes left.
“I think the first half, we didn’t start the game off with energy,” Hamilton said.

Arizona shot 6-for-10 from behind the 3-point line in the first half to boost them to a double-figure lead.

Brown took over the second half, scoring 21 of his game-high 23 points. He got Arizona in foul trouble and made all 13 of his free-throw attempts.

Up 69-67 and Joseph under the basket prepared to throw the ball in, Brown made his first cut. Hamilton made his cut towards Joseph.

Referee Richard Cartmell counted off one by one and waved his arm to signal each second. But he blew the whistle before waving his arm to denote the fifth and final second.

“I had the call. I had five seconds before the kid turned and signaled a time-out,” Cartmell said. “I had to make a decision whether it was five seconds or a time-out, and I made the decision it was five seconds because I had counted five seconds before he called time-out.”

Texas coach Rick Barnes said it’s a tough game to call, but something that is determined on a count should be easy.

“I don’t think anyone should ever make a mistake on that, ever,” Barnes said prior to watching a replay. “I mean, ever. I hope he got it right.”

Barnes said that he thinks the NCAA should be able to fix tough calls such as the five-second violation.

“[In other sports,] there are certain things that can be corrected,” Barnes said. “In our game, there’s not. We’ve got to be willing to make the rules that are right because at the very end, if you truly want the players to determine it, the officials have to be willing; the NCAA has to be willing to say, ‘OK, we’re going to get this right.’”

After watching the replay, Barnes saw what all the commotion was about.

“I think if they’d looked at it, they would have changed the call,” Barnes said.

The replay can be watched over and over again, but nothing is going to change for the Longhorns who failed to advance to the Sweet 16 for the third straight year. This marks the end of the college careers of Johnson, Dogus Balbay, Jai Lucas and Matt Hill.

“We were in a great position to go to Anaheim,” Johnson said. “It sucks.”

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As the Longhorns were about to take the floor for their game against Texas A&M, Kansas’ Markieff Morris, fresh from an interview with the media following the Jayhawks’ win over Colorado, walked by.

Morris shared a few words that were not so kind. Whatever was said, Gary Johnson refused to share.

“It was not media like,” Johnson said after Texas’ 70-58 win over the Aggies.

Johnson and a few other players responded, but nothing got out of hand. That is, nothing got out of hand yet.

“Let’s just say it’s going to be more than a basketball game tomorrow,” Johnson said.

The Longhorns were able to clinch a spot in the finals of the Big 12 Championship for the sixth time after pulling away from the Aggies in the second half. Texas has never won a Big 12 Championship.

Texas A&M quickly erased a Longhorn six-point halftime lead by scoring the first seven points of the period. Both teams exchanged the lead six times over a two-minute span before the Longhorns went on a 13-3 run to grab a lead they would not lose.

The run was led by Tristan Thompson, who finished with 14 points and 13 rebounds — 10 of which were on offense.

But the streak was not started by a Thompson dunk. It was from an assist. The freshman center was double-teamed nearly every time he touched the ball and was forced to pass it. This time he found J’Covan Brown wide open for a 3-pointer for one of Thompson’s three assists.

“If they double him, he is going to make the right play,” Brown said.

Thompson is used to getting double-teamed. It’s happened to him for most of his life. If he is not able to split the defenders and find a way to dunk it, he has to pass it out. The recipient of most of those passes throughout his life has been Cory Joseph, who converted on a jump shot in the first half after his defender collapsed on Thompson.

“People have to double-team him because he is a beast,” Joseph said.

The beast that is Thompson left Texas A&M head coach Mark Turgeon baffled.

“Tristan Thompson, are you kidding me,” Turgeon said. “How good that kid is. We’re trying to box him out. He just jumps over you.”

Jordan Hamilton scored a team-high 17 points and Brown added 15 off the bench for the Longhorns.

The Aggies were able to narrow the Texas lead to four points with five minutes remaining, but back to back baskets by Hamilton and Thompson made the Longhorn lead more comfortable.

The Longhorns now run into the Jayhawks, who have revenge on their mind after the Longhorns won at Phog Allen Fieldhouse in January. Once again, it will be a very pro-Kansas atmosphere at the Sprint Center, but the Longhorns welcome it and the underdog role that they have.

“The great ones can play away,” Joseph said. “It’s going to be a great game.”

WACO — Texas discovered on Saturday night it didn’t need to make all of its shots to get out of its losing slump.

The Longhorns (25-6, 13-3 Big 12) got back to their winning ways, defeating Baylor 60-54 in Waco, but they did it shooting 35.6 percent from the floor and putting up their second-lowest point total of the season.

They also did it from behind, trailing Baylor by nine at one point and coming back from a halftime deficit for just the third time since Big 12 play began.

“This is the kind of games you’re going to be in from here on out,” said Texas coach Rick Barnes.

Texas swept the season series against Baylor (18-12, 7-9) as it prepares for next week’s Big 12 tournament and the NCAAs the week after that.

Tristan Thompson scored a team-high 19 points for Texas as well as collecting 13 rebounds for his seventh double-double. Gary Johnson added 15 points and Jordan Hamilton put in six field goals, five of them in the second half.

“He stayed patient,” Barnes said about Hamilton. “I thought he really did as good a job as he’s done all year.”

It was another dominant performance for Texas on the boards, where it outrebounded Baylor 44-29, including a 23-7 advantage in offensive rebounds.

“We hadn’t been beat up that bad on the boards in a long time,” said Baylor coach Scott Drew. “There’s no excuse for it.”

Five of Texas’ offensive boards came from junior Alexis Wangmene. He had a quiet scoring night, sinking four free throws, but played a crucial role rebounding in his 11 minutes off the bench.

Thompson added nine more offensive rebounds as the Longhorns cleaned up the glass.

Baylor’s LaceDarius Dunn scored a game-high 22 points in his last contest at the Ferrell Center. Dunn became the Big 12’s all-time leading scorer when he hit a jumper with 1:22 to play in the first half. Johnson guarded him for most of the second and largely limited the jump-shooting guard to outside heaves.

“We didn’t come out and compete tonight,” Dunn said.

Texas started Saturday’s contest much like it had the past four — an early lead that slowly deteriorated as halftime neared. Dunn finished the first half with a trey and then started the second half the same way.

Soon, Baylor was leading by nine, and with the crowd on its feet, the Bears were ready to run away with the show and hand Texas its third straight loss.

But Texas stopped the bleeding with some some-chance points and 11 straight from Thompson and Hamilton combined.

“I thought our poise throughout the game, even when we struggled… I thought our guys stayed with it,” Barnes said.

Texas never got ahead by more than eight but was able to hold on down the stretch. A rebound by Wangmene with 41 seconds remaining and the Longhorns up by four all but assured the win.

Texas added four free throws before the final buzzer and Baylor allowed it to posses the ball without fouling in the final 20 seconds.

Baylor’s loss means the Bears travel to Kansas City for next week’s Big 12 tournament and a first-round matchup with Oklahoma. The winner of that contest faces Texas in the second round.

Mens Basketball

In his short postgame press conference on Wednesday night, Oklahoma State head coach Travis Ford talked mostly about the Longhorns and how polished they looked.

He would know — Texas shot its second-lowest field-goal percentage of Big 12 competition, making 25 of 57 from the floor, but still crushed the Cowboys 73-55 to set a new school record for consecutive Big 12 wins.

“We just got beat by a better team tonight,” Ford said.

Texas (23-3, 11-0 Big 12) outrebounded the competition 39-34. The Longhorns have now outrebounded every conference opponent, but Wednesday was the closest margin on the glass since facing Texas Tech almost two weeks ago.

Gary Johnson scored 17 points for Texas while Jordan Hamilton finished with 15. Hamilton scored all of his points in the first half while Johnson scored the majority of his in the second.

Markel Brown led Oklahoma State (16-9, 4-7) with 14 points while Matt Pilgrim added four points and 14 rebounds.

Marshall Moses, the Cowboys’ leading scorer, picked up three fouls in the first half and played only 15 minutes total. He fouled out with 7:03 to play and 10 points.

The Cowboys missed six of their first eight shots, went 35.7 percent from the floor and committed 17 turnovers.

“You just can’t go on the road and shoot our percentage,” Ford said.

Texas hasn’t trailed in a game since last playing OSU on Jan. 26, but the Cowboys got within three points in the first half.
Oklahoma State owned a four-rebound advantage after the first 20 minutes and outscored the Longhorns 18-6 in the paint that period. Still, the Cowboys trailed by 11 at the break.

“That was one thing I pointed out to the team at halftime,” said Texas head coach Rick Barnes, referring to the scoring in the paint.
In the second half, Texas boosted its lead with some quick baskets, including nine straight points by Johnson in 2:27. Instead of slowing down, as they have been lately, the Longhorns sped up in the second half, widening the lead to 24 at one point.

“In the second half of every game, we’ve kind of let up because of our lead,” Hamilton said.

It seemed like whenever Oklahoma State scored, Johnson or Cory Joseph had an answer, as the latter finished with 11 points.
“Our biggest concern is trying to keep our foot on the pedal,” Johnson said.

Barnes estimated he got better production in the closing minutes because of his greater usage of substitutes — every player logged at least 11 minutes and six had at least 20.

“Those are the guys that we wanted up and we know we’re going to need them,” Barnes said. “The fact that they haven’t played as much over some games but were able to be ready and go back in tonight, goes back to their maturity.”

Horns slip past with Thompson, Hamilton scoring 17 each

After hitting the first of two free throws with 24 seconds to play, Gary Johnson stepped off the line, raised his hand into the air flashed a “Hook ‘Em” sign to the sellout crowd at the Erwin Center — the Bears weren’t coming back to upset No. 3 Texas on Saturday.

He hit his second free throw, giving the Longhorns (22-3, 10-0 Big 12) a seven-point edge, and Cory Joseph added two more 11 seconds later to deliver them a 69-60 victory.

“We are proud of the way we are playing, but we can improve,” Texas coach Rick Barnes said. “We have to stay focused on our game.”

The Longhorns led by as many as 19 but Baylor (16-8, 6-5) played its way back into the game, getting within three late.

But Texas outrebounded and outshot the Bears to win its 10th consecutive game. It helped that the Longhorns took a whopping 37 free throws to Baylor’s eight.

“Texas was dominant,” Baylor coach Scott Drew said.

Jordan Hamilton and Tristan Thompson each scored 17 for Texas while Baylor’s LaceDarius Dunn led all scorers with 26.