November 7, 2006
Longhorns breeze in final tune-up
In Texas' first exhibition game against Lenoir-Rhyne, the Longhorns struggled rebounding the basketball in the opening half before finishing with a +9 advantage in a 98-64 win. The Longhorns addressed the issue on the boards Monday night in their win over Xavier, finishing with a +22 advantage, including 24 offensive rebounds in a 103-53 win.
Early on in the Longhorns' final tune-up, Xavier guard Mark Stewart kept the NAIA team in the game scoring nine points. Texas held a 9-3 lead when Stewart hit a three-pointer and made three free throws after being fouled on a three-point attempt.
Texas' first double-digit lead was 35-23 at 8:27 mark after an 8-0 run started by an A.J. Abrams three-pointer.
After an Xavier basket closed the gap to 10 at 35-25, the Longhorns finished the half on a 17-2 run, taking a 52-27 lead into the locker room after taking over on the glass. Abrams led the Horns with 12 first half points followed closely by Kevin Durant with 10.
The second half was more glass dominance with every Longhorn scoring. Freshmen Matt Hill and Dexter Pittman combined for 15 points and eight rebounds in the second half, while fellow freshman Justin Mason scored five points and dished out five assists.
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