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Longhorns get signature win by holding off UCLA

Updated: August 6, 2009, 4:18 PM ET
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

AUSTIN, Texas -- Coach Rick Barnes walked into the Texas locker room and didn't mince words.

The Longhorns needed a signature win at this point in the season. Beating UCLA on Thursday night would suffice. And that's just what Texas did with a 68-64 nail-biter at the Erwin Center.

"We took a tough loss [to Notre Dame],'' Texas senior point guard A.J. Abrams said. "This is the kind of win that can play out later in the season, the kind of win you need ...

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