Mack leads Texas past Long Beach 71-65

Texas forward Shaquille Cleare, center, fights for the ball with Long Beach State's Justin Bibbins, left, and LaRond Williams, right, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Thomas)
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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Tevin Mack scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half, helping Texas erase a 12-point deficit and defeat Long Beach State 71-65 on Saturday.

Eric Davis Jr. scored 16 points for Texas, and Kendal Yancy added 11.

Evan Payne led Long Beach with a season-best 26 points,

Payne, a junior, made a career-best eight 3-point baskets. His 3-pointer early in the second half gave Long Beach (2-10) a 12-point lead.

But Texas chipped away, with Mack and Davis combining to score 12 consecutive points as the Longhorns overtook Long Beach and created separation.

Davis made consecutive baskets, one a 3-pointer, to give Texas (5-4) a seven-point lead with less than six minutes remaining. Mack's 3-pointer from the corner put Texas ahead by eight with 4:40 remaining.

Payne averaged 12 points a game before Saturday. He scored 17 in the first half against Texas, converting 5 of 6 3-point attempts while helping Long Beach to a 34-28 lead at the break.