AUSTIN, Texas – Freshman guard Cory Joseph scored a career-high 19 points and No. 25 Texas ran its non-conference home winning streak to 24 games with a 101-65 win over Texas State on Saturday.
J'Covan Brown added 18 points for the Longhorns (7-2), who shook off a lackluster defeat at USC a week earlier with six first-half 3-pointers against the overmatched Bobcats.
Texas hasn't lost a non-conference game at home since a 67-66 loss to Wisconsin on Dec. 29, 2007.
Joseph was 5 of 8 from long range and Brown went 4 of 5 as Texas tied a season high with 11 3-pointers. The Longhorns had five players score in double figures in reaching the 100-point mark for the first time this season.
Tony Bishop had 12 points and eight rebounds for Texas State (2-5), which lost its fourth straight.
Joseph was slow to find his offensive game early in the season — he scored just two points in a 68-66 loss to Pittsburgh — but has been on a tear of late, averaging 13.4 over Texas' last five games.
Joseph and Gary Johnson each scored 10 points for the Longhorns in the first half. Texas State made its first five shots before going 5 of 25 over the final 15 minutes of the half.
Consecutive 3-pointers by Brown and another by Joseph put Texas up 20-12. The Bobcats pulled to 23-20 before Texas closed the half with a 15-4 run. Johnson was 5 for 8 shooting in the half, finding as easy shooting spot from 10 feet on the baseline on either side of the basket.
Kentucky transfer A.J. Stewart's alley-oop slam and 3-point play early in the second half cut the Texas lead to 42-31 before Joseph made a 3-pointer, Johnson hit two free throws and Joseph hit again from long range to put the Longhorns ahead by 19.
Jordan Hamilton, Texas' leading scorer this season, was held to 12 points by USC and was having another quiet night until a steal at midcourt with 13 minutes left led to a behind-the-back dribble and dunk that put Texas up 62-37.
Hamilton finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds.