February 25, 2007

Horns win in Norman

The No. 20 Texas Longhorns came out of the locker room on fire in Norman against the Oklahoma Sooners (15-12, 6-8) on Saturday, racing out to a 16-2 lead in the first five and a half minutes of the game behind 10 points from Kevin Durant. The Longhorns (21-7, 11-3) maintained a double digit lead the entire first 20 minutes after the hot start, taking a 41-28 lead into the locker room.

The second half was much more of a struggle on the offensive end as the Longhorns would not make a field goal until 8:19 mark of the half on a Durant three-pointer from the right wing. Even with the lengthy time without a field goal, the Longhorns still maintained a nine-point lead or more behind clutch free throw shooting. After the three-pointer from Durant that gave Texas a 53-41 lead, the Sooners would never get closer than nine points.

Durant led Texas with 32 points and 10 rebounds, scoring 30 or more for the seventh time in Big 12 play. The double-double was his 10th in conference play in 14 chances.

Durant received help from D.J. Augustin, who scored 18 points and dished out five assists as well as double-digit rebounding games from Damion James (11 rebounds) and Justin Mason (10 rebounds).

TEXAS DOMINATES FROM THE START

As the Longhorns did Tuesday night in a woodshed beating of Texas Tech, Texas came out of the locker room on fire to start the game in Norman. Durant got the scoring started with a jumper and was quickly followed by scores from Augustin and James. A Durant three-pointer gave Texas a 9-0 lead, which was followed by an Oklahoma timeout.

The attempt to stop the momentum by the Sooners failed as Durant hit another three-pointer followed by a jumper from Augustin and another Durant score to make it 16-2. Before Oklahoma could settle into the game and make defensive adjustments, Texas had the Sooners on their heels and pressing 5:32 into the game.

After the initial storm, the Sooners locked into a zone and did manage to slow the Longhorns' pace down for four or five possessions, but weren't scoring on the other end against a physical Texas defense.

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