November 26, 2007

Victorious Horns leave N.J. with career-high performances

The Texas Longhorns boarded a plane bound for the semi-final and championship rounds of the StubHub Legends Classic with many questions to be answered after three games at home to open the 2007-08 season. If the play over the weekend served as an accurate indication, the Longhorns have the possibility of exceeding any pre-season expectations. In beating New Mexico State 102-87 and Tennessee 97-78, several Longhorn players boarded a return flight home with new career-highs.

The career-high individual performances began Friday evening in the 15-point win over New Mexico State, with A.J. Abrams scoring a career-high 31 points and converting a career-high nine three-pointers. Abrams' new career-high in scoring came just a few days after setting a career-high 30 points in a win over Arkansas-Monticello. Abrams connected on six first half three pointers Friday night, which was the fourth time the 5-foot-11 junior guard has done such in his time at Texas.

In addition to Abrams, D.J. Augustin set career-highs n field goals made in a game against the Aggies with 11 as well as tying a career-high with four steals.

Justin Mason and Connor Atchley joined in the career-high evenings as Mason recorded a career best four steals and Atchley scored a career tying 15 points as well as registering double figure scoring games for three straight games, which is career first for the 6-11 junior center. Three made three-pointers was also a career-high for Atchley as well as 38 minutes played.

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