January 14, 2007

Texas thumps rival Oklahoma 80-69

Texas and Oklahoma got together in Frank Erwin Center Saturday for the first of two meetings in Big 12 play and the result was a third straight dominating performance offensively from the Longhorns. While the final score reads 80-69, it is not indicative as to the dominant performance by the Horns.

Texas was hot on the offensive end from the start. Damion James hit a 17-foot jump from straight away to get Texas going and that score was followed with a three-pointer by D.J. Augustin and a bank shot three-pointer by Kevin Durant to go up 8-0 and force an early Oklahoma (9-6, 1-2) timeout.

Oklahoma's Nate Carter scored on a jumper followed by a lay-up by Austin Johnson to keep the Sooners in touch, but a 20-second stretch at the 15:34 mark got the home crowd of more than 13,000 on their feet.

Coming out of the under 16-minute official timeout, Durant threw down a high-flying dunk after a nifty pass by Augustin. In what looked like a replay, Augustin stole the ball from Tony Crocker raced down the court and tossed an over the shoulder pass to Durant for a second consecutive dunk, who scored 28 points and pulled down 13 rebounds.

A three-pointer by Abrams (20 points) followed and the Longhorns were up 17-6 with the home crowd momentum.

The Longhorns (13-3, 3-0) stretched the lead out to as much as 16 at 33-17 with 7:27 remaining in the opening half before the Sooners closed the half strong.

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