November 1, 2006

Texas gets season started on the right foot

The Texas Longhorns are off and running with a 98-64 win over Lenoir-Rhyne in exhibition play. The Longhorns were led in scoring by a hot shooting A.J. Abrams, who finished with 18 points. Abrams got help on the offensive end from Kevin Durant (16 points) and the all-around play of Damion James, who recorded a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds.

The Longhorns got off to a slow start due to some freshmen nerves and lack of blocking out. Lenoir-Rhyne had a decided 7-1 rebounding edge in the opening minutes of the game before the Horns began to block out and chase long rebounds.

Texas' first point of the season came on a three-pointer by freshman point guard D.J. Augustin off of a dish by Abrams. The next few minutes were sluggish on the offensive end for the Longhorns. Durant missed on his first three field goal attempts and the movement was inconsistent.

Even when the flow was not as desired, the Longhorns backcourt took care of the basketball. Augustin and Abrams turned the ball over only one time in 56 minutes of action on the night.

The Longhorns got the offense going at the 12 minute mark. Abrams hit a three-pointer, scored on a slashing drive and Durant hit a three-pointer. The Longhorns led 17-10 before Abrams and J.D. Lewis hit three-pointers to push the Texas lead to 24-10.

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