James leads Texas past Iowa State 82-75 in Big 12

By DOUG TUCKER

AP Sports Writer

KANSAS CITY (AP) Damion James
had 28 points and 16 rebounds, and Texas pulled away from plucky Iowa
State on Wednesday night, beating the Cyclones 82-75 in a hard-fought
Big 12 opening-round game.

James had three points, three
rebounds and an assist during an 11-0 run that turned a one-point lead
into a 12-point spread. The sixth-seeded Longhorns (24-8) play
third-seeded and No. 21 Baylor, a team that beat them twice during the
regular season, in the quarterfinals.

After Iowa State (15-17), the No. 11
seed, cut the lead to six points at 75-69, Jai Lucas hit a free throw
for Texas and missed the second attempt. James grabbed the rebound, and
Avery Bradley sank a pair of foul shots to put the Longhorns on top
78-69.

Gary Johnson had 15 points and 10 rebounds for Texas.

Marquis Gilstrap scored 17 points for the Cyclones, and Craig Brackins added 15.

Updated March 10, 2010