Texas 62, Nebraska 61

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP)—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.

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.

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15 Rebs, 0 Assists
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6-9,  15 Pts
12 Rebs, 0 Assists

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