COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Jordan Hamilton scored 20 points and No. 3 Texas rolled to an easy 69-49 win over No. 16 Texas A&M on Monday night, the Longhorns' first victory in College Station since 2004.
Texas never trailed and built a 25-point lead by halftime thanks to hot shooting and their trademark stifling defense. The Aggies outscored the Longhorns by five points in the second half, but the dominant first half kept Texas (19-3, 7-0) undefeated in the Big 12.
The Aggies (17-4, 4-3) have lost three of four in a skid that began when Texas beat them 81-60 in Austin less than two weeks ago to snap a 13-game winning streak.
B.J. Holmes had 19 points for Texas A&M.
The Longhorns haven't lost since dropping an 82-81 overtime decision to Connecticut on Jan. 8 and are 7-0 in league play for the first time since 1977-78.
Texas made it look easy in this one and even some Texas A&M fans looked to be in awe when Hamilton hit a nifty hook shot from a tough angle that made it 60-36 with about 8 minutes left.
Texas harassed the Aggies into their worst shooting performance of the season at just under 31 percent and their 17 field goals were one off their season low. The Longhorns have held each of their Big 12 opponents to 63 points or fewer and two of the last three haven't reached 50.
Khris Middleton, who entered the game leading the Aggies in scoring at almost 16 points a game, was held scoreless on 0-of-9 shooting with Hamilton guarding him.
Texas A&M had trouble on offense all night, but never was it more pronounced than when Kourtney Roberson tried for a dunk only to see it fall into the net and then pop back out. It was so close to being a basket that the official statistics initially credited A&M with a field goal. The points were taken away when the scorers realized the error.
Texas was up by 20 points before they reeled off six straight points, capped by a 3-pointer by Hamilton, to extend the lead to 43-17 with 3 minutes left in the half. They led 45-20 at halftime.
The Longhorns led by six points early in the first half before using a 24-6 run to build a 34-12 lead with just under 6 minutes remaining in the first half. The Aggies couldn't get anything going in that span and had six turnovers and missed 10 shots.
Cory Joseph had 11 points and fellow freshman Tristan Thompson added 10 points and had three of the Longhorns' nine blocks.