December 23, 2006

Longhorns fall in overtime thriller

The Texas Longhorns looked poised to take full advantage of their first road test of the season, cruising to a 50-35 halftime lead behind the offensive show being put on by Kevin Durant. But it wasn't to be as the Tennessee Volunteers (10-2) came roaring back in the midst of the Longhorns' early second-half foul trouble.

Durant picked up two quick fouls in the opening minutes of the second half and the Volunteers crowd became a factor behind the rebounding and scoring of Duke Crews (16 points, eight rebounds) and Wayne Chism (18 points, eight rebounds).

While Chris Lofton shot only 8-of-24 from the field, it was only a matter of time before the junior sharpshooter made his presence felt.

With Texas leading 87-82 with 2:15 remaining, Durant took a questionable three-pointer from the top of the key instead of working for a better look while running clock. Lofton responded to the opening and hit a 22-footer to cut the lead to 87-85.

A.J. Abrams (17 points) then followed with a missed floater with 45 second remaining setting the stage for Lofton to give Tennessee its first lead of the game. Lofton hit a very tough 29-footer over the outstretched arm of Durant and Tennessee took an 88-87 lead with 18 seconds to play.

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