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January 24, 2007
Horns escape from Nebraska with a win
Justin Mason hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 2:04 left and Kevin Durant had 26 points and 15 rebounds in Texas' 62-61 victory over Nebraska on Wednesday night.
Nebraska had a chance to win after Ryan Anderson hit a short jumper to get the Cornhuskers within a point and Texas' D.J. Augustin missed as the shot clock ran down with eight seconds left. But Jamel White missed a baseline runner, and the Longhorns' J.D. Lewis rebounded.
The Longhorns (14-5, 4-1 Big 12), who dropped out of the Top 25 after losses to Oklahoma State and Villanova, picked up only their second win in five true road games. Nebraska (12-6, 1-3) lost for the first time in 10 home games this season.
"It wasn't pretty, but we'll take it, especially when we've had two losses like we've had," said Rick Barnes. "On defense, we really made an effort and we got good play from our bench. Dexter (Pittman) played big minutes for us off the bench down low. When we had to get big stops, we did. I was disappointed that we weren't able to get Matt Hill in because he was hurt."
Durant, who came into the game averaging 34 points against Big 12 opponents, was 10-of-18 and made three 3-pointers after struggling in Saturday's 76-69 loss at Villanova.
Durant scored 13 of the first 15 points of the second half for Texas, giving the Longhorns a 46-40 lead on his alley-oop dunk with 11:42 left. But he didn't score again.
A.J. Abrams added 14 points in his 10th straight game in double figures.
Marcus Perry made 5-of-9 3s and finished with 17 points to lead the Huskers. Aleks Maric had 15 points and 12 rebounds and Ryan Anderson 12 points.
The Longhorns' biggest lead was 51-43 on Craig Winder's 3-pointer in the middle of the second half. Nebraska then outscored Texas 14-5, taking a brief lead on Anderson's long 3-pointer with 4:22 left.
It was Texas' sixth straight win in the series.