January 11, 2007

Longhorns take Missouri behind the woodshed

The Texas Longhorns came out gunning against Missouri Wednesday night in the Frank Erwin Center and the Tigers had no answer as Texas walked off with an 88-68 victory. The Longhorns hit eight first half three-pointers and got 15 points from Kevin Durant running away from the pressure defense of Missouri (11-4, 0-2).

Missouri scored the first basket of the game at the 19:44 mark and never led again despite an early scoring barrage by Tigers center Leo Lyons. Lyons scored eight quick points to begin the game, but the Longhorns were scoring in bunches and handling the Missouri ball pressure.

Three-pointers by Damion James, Justin Mason and A.J. Abrams got the No. 25 Longhorns (12-3, 2-0) going and Texas never looked back. After Abrams picked up a second foul, junior guard J.D. Lewis came off the bench and hit two three-pointers of his own on nice assists from D.J. Augustin.

While the Longhorns raced out to a 44-26 halftime lead, the half wasn't without errors as Texas turned the ball over 11 times against the trapping zone of Missouri.

Durant took over in the second half, scoring in every way possible to the tune of 19 points in the half. The Big 12's leading scorer and rebounder hit 10 of 14 shots from the field and 12 of 13 free throws to finish with 34 points in leading the Longhorns to a 20-point victory.

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