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March 4, 2008

No. 9 Texas holds on against Nebraska

AUSTIN, Texas D.J. Augustin scored 22 points and No. 9 Texas went 6-for-6 from the free throw line in the final minute to hold off Nebraska 70-66 on Tuesday night.

A.J. Abrams hit a clutch 3-pointer with 41 seconds left for the Longhorns (25-5, 12-3), who moved into a tie for first in the Big 12 with No. 5 Kansas. Texas was coming off an 83-80 loss at Texas Tech that ended an eight-game winning streak.

Nebraska (17-11, 6-9) rallied from a 38-25 halftime deficit to tie the game at 50 with 9:39 left.

Augustin then made two 3-pointers to give Texas a six-point lead. Nebraska center Aleks Maric went inside for two layups that tied the game for the last time at 61-61.

Abrams, who was 1-for-5 from the field in the first half, scored 11 points in the second half, including going 4-for-4 from the free throw line in the final minute.

Justin Mason made the other two free throws in the closing minute for Texas and Connor Atchley pulled down a key defensive rebound.

Maric led the Cornhuskers with 17 points.

Nebraska opened a 10-3 lead as Texas went 1-for-6 from the field in the first 5 minutes. Atchley and Abrams combined to go 1-for-8 in the first half.

Augustin and Damion James teamed up to run Texas' transition offense that took advantage of Nebraska's seven first-half turnovers to take a 38-25 lead.

Ryan Anderson had 14 points on 5-for-9 shooting for Nebraska, while Paul Velander scored his nine points on 3-pointers.

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