November 11, 2006

Texas handles business, advances to New York

The Texas Longhorns are going to be a team that shoots the ball well all season. Friday night, Texas showed exactly why this may be the best perimiter team under head coach Rick Barnes in a 92-66 win over Chicago State.

Led by the red hot shooting of A.J. Abrams, who scored a career-high 28 points on 8-of-11 three-point shooting, the Longhorns played bombs away from beyond the arc. Five Longhorns hit three-pointers in the first half, which helped offset their interior defensive and rebounding troubles against a pesky Chicago State team.

With Chicago State outscoring Texas 28-18 in the paint in the opening half, it was critical that Texas answered from the perimeter.

Abrams came out firing from the start getting the ball in rhythm from point guard D.J. Augustin. Abrams tied a school record hitting six three-pointers in the half.

Kevin Durant chipped in 11 first half points, with four coming in the closing minutes of a 15-8 three minute stretch helping the Longhorns extend the lead to 14-points at the break 56-42.

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