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February 18, 2008

Augustin's big night buries Aggies

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- D.J. Augustin scored 27 points and No. 7 Texas rolled over No. 22 Texas A&M 77-50 on Monday night for the Longhorns' sixth straight win.

The rout was a complete reversal of A&M's dominant 17-point win in College Station on Jan. 30, which was Texas' last loss. The Longhorns (22-4, 9-2 Big 12) ran away with this one from the start with a 16-4 run to open the game and a front line that matched the Aggies' muscle for 40 minutes.

Augustin was dazzling in the first half, nearly outscoring A&M (20-6, 6-5) by himself with 17 points as Texas built a 39-18 lead. The Aggies looked surprised by the Longhorns' physical play under the basket -- Texas blocked 12 shots -- and a stifling defense that held A&M to 19 percent shooting in the first half and their lowest scoring output of the season.

Damion James added 15 points and nine rebounds for Texas, which has used the winning streak to earn a tie for first in the Big 12.

Josh Carter scored 11 points to lead A&M, which trailed by 20 points almost the entire second half.


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