March 18, 2007

Horns hit a buzzsaw

The Texas Longhorns ran into a buzz saw Sunday in Spokane as the USC Trojans played the role of bully, picking on the Longhorns early and often in a thorough 87-68 beating in a game in which the Longhorns never made a serious threat. USC came out of the locker room on fire, with Daniel Hackett and Lodrick Stewart hitting long range jumpers to jump out to an early lead.

The Longhorns compounded the problem on the offensive end with several unforced turnovers and the look of five guys playing street ball without the structure needed to create high-percentage scoring opportunities to stop the Trojans momentum. With Texas playing one pass and jump shot offense combined with sloppy turnovers, possessions were wasted and transition opportunities ensued for a USC team that was well prepared.

The Trojans led 34-27 at the break after a 24-footer by A.J. Abrams seemingly gave the Longhorns life.

The life the Longhorns went into the locker room with was quickly squashed when USC went on a 16-3 run early in the second half as two ill-advised baseline jumpers by Abrams resulted in run outs for the Trojans with only one Longhorn back to try and slow down the break.

Durant led the Longhorns (25-10) with 30 points and nine rebounds. Abrams chipped in with 20 points.

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