(19) Texas 77

(3-1, 1-1 away)

St. John's 76

(2-2, 2-2 home)

    7:00 PM ET, November 17, 2006

    Madison Square Garden, New York, New York

    1 2 T
    #19TEX 44 3377
    SJU 45 3176

    Top Performers

    Texas: K. Durant 29 Pts, 10 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Blk

    St. John's: A. Patterson 22 Pts, 2 Reb, 1 Stl

    Texas holds off St. John's for third place in CvC play

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Kevin Durant had 29 points and fellow freshman D.J. Augustin added 17 to lead Texas to a 77-76 victory over St. John's on Friday night in the third-place game of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.

    The 3-1 Longhorns (No. 18 ESPN/USA Today; No. 19 AP) were able to win a close one after losing 63-61 to Michigan State in the semifinals on a driving basket by Drew Neitzel with 2.4 seconds to play. This time, they weren't assured of the win until Anthony Mason Jr.'s long 3-point attempt with 1 second left bounced off the rim.

    Augustin, who had seven assists, gave Texas the lead for good at 75-73 with two free throws with 1:55 to play. His driving scoop shot after he stole the ball from Lamont Hamilton made it 77-73, but he missed the free throw to complete the three-point play.

    Eugene Lawrence's three-point play with 31 seconds left brought St. John's (2-2) within one point. Justin Mason, another of the freshmen who see extensive time for Texas, missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 16 seconds left, but all St. John's could manage on its final possession was the long 3 by Mason.

    Durant, who has scored at least 20 points in every game this season, had 10 rebounds.

    Avery Patterson had 22 points for St. John's and was 6-for-11 from 3-point range.

    The Red Storm led 45-44 at halftime, a far cry from the 58-21 deficit they faced after 20 minutes in their 92-60 semifinal loss to Maryland.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 77 76
    FG Made-Attempted 27-62 (.435) 29-60 (.483)
    3P Made-Attempted 10-18 (.556) 11-21 (.524)
    FT Made-Attempted 13-18 (.722) 7-9 (.778)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 12 (0/0) 16 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 11 11

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