Nov. 18, 2008
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Damion James scored 16 points and No. 7 Texas cruised to a 76-51 victory over Tulane on Tuesday night.
Dexter Pittman, a 6-foot-10, 300-pound junior forward, muscled over the Green Wave for 10 points and six rebounds in his second career start for the Longhorns (2-0), who had five players score in double figures. A.J. Abrams, who had 21 points in the season-opener, had 15 against Tulane, hitting three 3-pointers.
The Longhorns had 16 steals and forced 25 turnovers, while holding Tulane to 31 percent shooting.
Kevin Sims scored 11 points to lead Tulane (1-1).
Abrams had 10 points with two 3-pointers as Texas built a 42-25 halftime lead. Texas led 15-10 before Dogus Balbay's layup started a 16-4 run that opened up a double-digit lead.
Texas opened the second half with two dunks. The first came when Abrams pulled up for a 3-pointer, then rifled a pass to Pittman under the basket. James followed it with a steal and fastbreak slam that put Texas up by 21 before three more steals ended in more Texas baskets.