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January 13, 2007
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AUSTIN, Texas -Freshman Kevin Durant had his usual stellar game with 28 points and 13 rebounds, and No. 25 Texas overwhelmed Big 12 rival Oklahoma 80-69 Saturday.
Durant, who leads the league in scoring and rebounding, just missed his third straight 30-point game. He can blame coach Rick Barnes, who took him out with more than 4 1/2 minutes to play and Texas leading 79-52.
A.J. Abrams added 20 points for the Longhorns (13-3, 3-0), hitting five 3-pointers. Texas has hit 34 from long range in its first three Big 12 games.
The Sooners played without center Longar Longar, their leading scorer and rebounder, after he was suspended Friday for two games for throwing an elbow that caused a serious injury to a Texas Tech player earlier in the week.
The Sooners could have used something to try to stop Durant, who likely would have gone to the NBA straight out of high school if the league hadn't imposed an age minimum.
Instead, like just about everyone else the Longhorns have played, Oklahoma could only watch as Durant scored seemingly at will. He shot 10-of-17 from the floor and 7-of-8 on free throws.