Austin, TX (Sports Network) - Damion James had a season-high 28 points and 13 rebounds and led a second half charge, as sixth-ranked Texas got back to its winning ways with a 95-83 victory over Texas Tech.
Justin Mason added 18 points and five assists for the Longhorns (18-2, 4-1 Big 12), who lost consecutive road games to Kansas State and Connecticut last week to fall from the nation's top ranking. Avery Bradley added 14 points, and Dogus Balbay had 13 points, seven rebounds and six assists in the win.
"We have to carry ourselves differently now," James said. "I think we lost two games and everyone thought a lot of things, but nothing changed about us. We are just not number one. We just have to carry ourselves well. And if we do that and play hard, then we are going to be great. "
John Roberson poured in a season-best 27 points and five assists for the Red Raiders (14-6, 2-4), who had a modest two-game win streak broken. Mike Singletary contributed 20 points and five rebounds, and Nick Okorie had 14 points in defeat, Texas Tech's 14th straight at Frank Erwin Special Events Center.
"I hate to lose. There is nothing worse, but my guys competed," said Texas Tech head coach Pat Knight. "I told them I was proud of them. If we can give this kind of effort, there are still a lot of games for us to win. There is a lot of stuff that we have to clean up, especially from a defensive standpoint, but I cannot be upset with these kids. They gave me everything they have tonight."
The Longhorns' struggles continued in the early portion of the game, as Texas Tech held a 56-53 lead 2 1/2 minutes into the second half; Texas, though, would take over from there.
James' dunk started a 9-2 run that gave the hosts lead for good. James had all but two of the points, and a jumper just past five minutes in put Texas in front, 62-58.
Texas remained in front by three, 71-68, seconds after the midway point, and James extended the lead to nine by himself with baskets on three consecutive possessions.
A 7-0 run minutes later gave the Longhorns a comfortable 87-73 margin with 4 1/2 minutes remaining, and the advantage remained in double-digits the rest of the way.
Texas began the game with an 8-2 run, but Texas Tech came back to take the lead, 12-11, on a Theron Jenkins dunk seven minutes in.
The lead went back-and-forth until a 7-0 burst by the Red Raiders provided a 42-34 edge with 3:19 left on a Roberson three-pointer. Texas was able to cut its deficit to three, 50-47, at halftime after scoring the final five points.
The Longhorns went back in front by a point on a Mason layup a minute into the second half, but Texas Tech scored six of the next eight points to grab a 56-53 advantage on a Nick Okorie jumper.
Texas is now 12-0 at home, while Texas Tech is 2-5 on the road...Longhorns head coach Rick Barnes is 99-11 against in-state foes during his time at Texas...The Longhorns lead the all-time series, 71-53, and have won 26 of 30 games against the Red Raiders since the inception of the Big 12...Texas is now 73-5 at home over the last five seasons...The Longhorns dominated the glass, outrebounding Texas Tech, 46-27.