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January 31, 2007

One of a kind

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LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -- Kevin Durant scored 37 points and grabbed a season-high 23 rebounds to lead No. 22 Texas over Texas Tech 76-64 on Wednesday night

Texas steadily pulled away from the Red Raiders, in part by pounding the ball inside for 30 points. The Longhorns went up 72-58 with 3:37 remaining and Tech couldn't mount a comeback.

The loss was only Tech's second at home this season and prevented the Red Raiders (15-7, 4-3 Big 12) from getting their third- straight win over a Top 25 team in Lubbock.

Jay Jackson scored 27 points and Jon Plefka added 14 to lead Tech.

Durant, who hit on 15-of-29 from the field, got his fifth 30-point game in last eight and now has 13 double-doubles for the season, tying him for the most ever in the Big 12. His 37 points matched his season high.

Texas (16-5, 6-1 Big 12) handed Tech coach Bob Knight his 11th loss to the Longhorns since he arrived in 2001. He's only beaten Texas twice.

The Longhorns used a 29-6 run midway through the second half to put the game away. Tech helped their cause, hitting on only 8-of-32 field goals after halftime. And Durant warmed up, getting 24 points after the break. He became the first Longhorns player to score over 30 points and grabbed more than 20 rebounds in a game.

His other 37-point games came against Colorado and Oklahoma State, the latter in a triple-overtime loss to the Cowboys.

It was much closer in the first half. Tech used a 14-7 run, started and capped by 3-pointers by Jay Jackson, to go up 40-34 with 2:07 remaining in the first half. The Red Raiders capitalized on mistakes by Texas, getting 13 points off the Longhorns six turnovers.

Durant had his 13th double-double of the season by halftime, though Tech led 42-38 at the break.

Durant dunked a rebound off a miss by Justin Mason at the buzzer but officials ruled it came late.

Before the game, Bob Knight took to the microphone and thanked Rick Barnes for his tribute to the Tech coach after he got his 880th win to sit atop the men's Division I all-time win list Jan. 1.

"I think everybody who was here appreciates what you did and what you said, most of all the coaches and myself," Knight told the crowd.


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