March 11, 2007

Horns get title shot

The No. 14 Texas Longhorns understood Saturday's game against Oklahoma State (22-12) would not be easy as the Big 12 Tournament venue is in Oklahoma City. The Longhorns rode the early scoring of Kevin Durant to help offset the pro Oklahoma State crowd before eventually surviving and advancing, 69-64. After a cold shooting second half, Durant came up big hitting a 3-pointer from the top of the key to put the Longhorns (24-8) up 64-61 with under 50 seconds left in the game.

While Durant hit the 3-pointer that would prove to be a game winner, the play by Damion James to keep the loose ball rebound alive was just as important as James' tip went to Durant setting the stage for the Big 12 Player of the Year to hit the decisive jumper.

A.J. Abrams closed out the Cowboys with four free throws in a row, while James made one of two for the final margin of 69-64. Abrams scored 20 points for the Longhorns, hitting 4-of-9 3-pointers.

Durant finished with 26 points, grabbed eight rebounds, and recorded two steals. D.J. Augustin dished out six assists without a turnover as the Longhorns turned the ball over only seven times.

The Longhorns again received great energy off the bench from Craig Winder, who finished with three points, five rebounds (three offensive), three assists and two steals.

Junior guard JamesOn Curry, who scored 24 points, led the Cowboys.

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