AUSTIN, Texas - Texas coach Rick Barnes let Brian Boddicker feel his concern for a week after the senior forward grabbed no rebounds in a loss to No. 9 Arizona.
“He was on me all week,” Boddicker said. “It worked pretty good.”
Boddicker grabbed 12 boards to go with 16 points as the No. 6 Longhorns used an 89-55 win over New Orleans on Sunday night as both a rebound game from the Arizona loss in New York and a tuneup for Saturday’s return trip to play No. 4 Duke.
“I thought he really responded,” Barnes said of his senior forward. “We talked to him about getting involved in the game other than shooting the basketball.”
Known more for his 3-point shooting than his rebounding, the 6-foot-8 Boddicker went inside for most of his points against the Privateers and finished with his second career double-double. He also went 6-of-6 from the foul line.
“Brian is the type of player who can play inside and out,” said teammate Brandon Mouton. “That’s what we need from him every night.”
P.J. Tucker had 17 points and Mouton scored 15 for Texas (5-1), which extended its home winning streak to 20 games.
Bo McCalebb led New Orleans (3-1) with 15 points.
The Longhorns came in averaging 98.2 points, but it was defense and Boddicker’s all-around play that made this one look easy.
Texas held New Orleans to 29-percent shooting and Brad Buckman had five blocks. The Privateers were just 7-of-24 from beyond the 3-point line and 18-of-62 overall.
“Their best feature besides their physical ability is their depth,” said New Orleans coach Monte Towe. “They just keep coming at you. We had a couple of guys out there for the first time and I think it showed.”
Texas led 22-20 midway through the first half before a 19-4 run opened things up.
James Thomas’s dunk off a crosscourt bounce pass from Royal Ivey made it 30-23, and Mouton swatted away a 3-point attempt by Kyle Buggs before taking it in for an easy layup.
Boddicker’s 3-pointer from the left corner gave the Longhorns a 15-point lead.
Texas opened the second period with an 11-4 run that stretched the lead to 52-31. Kenny Taylor hit a 3-pointer, Boddicker put back a miss for a layup and Mouton added four more points in the run that all but put the game away.
Taylor, who got his first start at shooting guard after transferring last summer from Baylor, finished with eight points.
The Longhorns outscored New Orleans in the paint 44-18 and won the rebounding battle 58-32.
“After the loss to Arizona, we’ve learned we need to get our post guys involved,” Mouton said. “There’s a huge difference from this week to last.”
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