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LONGHORNS OVERPOWER EAGLES

Texas held Demond Stewart, the nation's top scorer, to a season-low five points Tuesday night and overpowered Niagara, 85-48.

Stewart was averaging 27.1 points, but made only 2 of 10 field-goal attempts before he fouled out with 13:36 left in the second half. He played only 18 minutes.

The Purple Eagles had no answer to 7-foot, 262-pound junior Chris Mihm, one of the better big men in college basketball, and 6-7 Gabe Muoneke, an All-Big 12 forward. They dominated inside in the rout before 7,577 at the Erwin Center.

Mihm went over the 1,000-point mark for his career as he scored 22 and pulled down 14 rebounds. Muoneke had 14 points in just 23 minutes. Coach Rick Barnes' 18th-ranked team is 7-3 with losses to Arizona, Utah and Wisconsin.

Niagara (6-3) held an 11-5 lead after 4:14 but the Longhorns' class soon showed. Texas led, 38-15, before the next NU basket with 1:11 left in the half.

Often forced into wild, off-balance shots by Texas' aggressive defense, Stewart was clearly frustrated. But the rest of the Purple Eagles were only 15 for 45 (33.3 percent). Texas, using a mix of full- and half-court pressure defense, forced 27 turnovers.

"An excellent defensive team, as good as we'll see all year," said Niagara coach Joe Mihalich.

Terry Edwards, who opened the game with a three-point basket, led Niagara with 12 points, seven at the foul line.

Niagara's next game is Sunday afternoon at St. Bonaventure.

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