(5) Connecticut 78

(23-10, 10-6 Big East)

(1) Texas 82

(25-6, 13-3 Big 12)

    7:27 PM ET, March 28, 2003

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    #5CONN 38 4078
    #1TEX 44 3882

    Longhorns hold off Huskies' late charge

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Emeka Okafor scored 22 points and Denham Brown added 17 in Connecticut's 102-44 exhibition victory over the Beltway Ballers on Thursday night.

    It was the final preseason game for the top-ranked Huskies, who open the regular season Monday night against Yale.

    Freshman Josh Boone had 15 rebounds and nine blocks, including three rejections during one possession early in the second half.

    Freshman guard Marcus Williams had 15 assists, and Ben Gordon finished with 13 points and eight rebounds.

    The Huskies were without highly touted recruit Charlie Villanueva for the second straight exhibition game while the school awaits a ruling from the NCAA on his eligibility.

    The situation stems from Villanueva's workouts in front of NBA scouts last summer while he considered entering the NBA draft. NCAA rules state that the recruit or a family member or friend not related to basketball must pay all expenses for such workouts.

    Team officials say they hope to hear from the NCAA by Monday.

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