November 18, 2006

Durant leads Longhorns past Red Storm

It's tough to say two weeks into the season that the Longhorns' win over St. John's Friday night was a must win game, but in a couple of ways it may have been. Coming off a very tough last minute loss to Michigan State Thursday night, following with a loss on Friday night could have put a dent in the confidence of a young basketball team.

That wasn't to be as do it all freshman Kevin Durant proved to be unstoppable scoring 20 first-half points against St. John's. Durant hit all four of his three-point attempts in the opening half and grabbed seven rebounds to go with his 20 points.

Durant received scoring help from A.J. Abrams (12 points) and D.J. Augustin in the first half helping keep the Longhorns in the game against a hot shooting St. John's team.

Red Storm junior guard Avery Patterson hit five first half three-pointers including three out of the gate as St. John's grabbed the early momentum and a 13-2 lead.

Texas went to a smaller, quicker line-up to get back into the game receiving terrific all-around play from freshman guard Justin Mason off the bench.

Trailing 45-44 at the half, Texas came out strong to start the second half scoring the first seven points to open a six-point lead. With Texas gaining momentum and the lead growing to 10, the Longhorns had their momentum halted abruptly when Durant picked up his third foul with under 15 minutes to play.

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