Texas 90, Texas Southern 50
AUSTIN, Texas (AP)—Kevin Durant scored 22 points and Texas cruised past overmatched Texas Southern 90-50 Tuesday night in a final tuneup before the Longhorns and their spunky freshmen get their first taste of Top 25 competition.
A.J. Abrams added 20 points for the Longhorns (5-1), who play No. 22 Gonzaga on Saturday in Phoenix.
Jacques Jones led Texas Southern (1-5) with 14 points.
Durant, one of the top freshmen in the country, has scored at least 20 in every game. He did just about anything he wanted against Texas Southern, scoring 15 points in just 11 minutes on the court in the first half. He opened the game with a 3-pointer and scored seven straight points in a 10-3 run that kick-started Texas to 60 points in the half.
Durant started the run with two free throws, hit another 3-pointer, then used his lanky 6-foot-9 frame to slash under the basket and finish a reverse layup.
Durant’s third 3-pointer made it 38-14 and coach Rick Barnes went deep into his bench early in the game. Dexter Pittman, who weighs 303 pounds, scored six points in the half.
Abrams, shooting 55 percent on 3-pointers coming into the game, hit three in the first half, including one in the final seconds to make it 60-25.
Texas started four freshmen—Durant, D.J. Augustin, Justin Mason and Damion James—for the second straight game. James opened the second half with consecutive dunks.
The Longhorns have scored at least 90 points four times.