December 11, 2006

Texas, Augustin come up big

Every young team needs a defining moment to build on what it is working to achieve and find that belief in one another. Sunday night at the Toyota Center in Houston, the youthful Longhorns took a big step toward becoming the team it can be with a hard-fought, 76-75, win in overtime over No. 9 LSU.

Leading the way for the Longhorns was freshman point guard D.J. Augustin. The Louisiana native scored 25 points, continually torching the LSU defense on screen and roll, while also grabbing six rebounds and dishing out five assists.

Texas, which lost to LSU in overtime in last year's Elite Eight, got two big three-pointers by A.J. Abrams in overtime after falling down 72-68.

Abrams' first three gave the Longhorns (6-2) a 73-72 lead, but the three was answered by LSU on the other end. Abrams came right back and hit another three-pointer from the same spot on the right wing as his first three-point make. The second shot proved to be the game winner after LSU failed to convert in the last 11 seconds of the game.

Before the overtime period, the Longhorns grabbed a 68-65 lead with less than a minute to play in regulation. LSU (5-2) guard Garrett Temple, 14 points, hit a three-pointer to tie the game at 68-68 with 21 seconds to go.

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