Texas Southern 50

(1-5, 0-5 away)

Texas 90

(5-1, 4-0 home)

    8:00 PM ET, November 28, 2006

    Frank Erwin Special Events Center, Austin, Texas

    1 2 T
    TXSO 25 2550
    TEX 60 3090

    Top Performers

    Texas Southern: J. Jones 14 Pts, 1 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

    Texas: K. Durant 22 Pts, 7 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Texas looks to freshmen Durant, Pittman 

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Skinny Kevin Durant has already shown Texas that he can score from just about anywhere. The Longhorns want beefy freshman Dexter Pittman to be their muscle in the middle.

    While Durant had his usual 22 points and seven rebounds, Pittman showed signs of coming around against Texas Southern, scoring 10 points and grabbing six rebounds to help the Longhorns coast past Texas Southern 90-50 in a final tuneup before the Longhorns get their first taste of Top 25 competition.

    "He's a big body," said sophomore A.J. Abrams, the only non-freshman starter for Texas (5-1). "He can bang down low and score. He's getting better on defense, which will help us out."

    Pittman, who at 6-foot-10 was 388 pounds after his last high school game, has whittled himself down to 295 with a strict regimen of diet and exercise that includes 30 minutes on a stationary bike before every game.

    "I feel like Lance Armstrong right now," Pittman said after his 5-of-6 shooting night. "My teammates call me Dex Armstrong."

    The Longhorns play No. 22 Gonzaga on Saturday in Phoenix, then play No. 10 LSU and Glen "Big Baby" Davis in Houston on Dec. 10.

    "We're going to use (Pittman)," Texas coach Rick Barnes said. "We're going to keep putting him out there. He's got great hands and great feet."

    Durant, one of the top freshmen in the country, has scored at least 20 in every game. He did just about anything he wanted against Texas Southern, scoring 15 points in just 11 minutes on the court in the first half. He opened the game with a 3-pointer and scored seven straight points in a 10-3 run that kick-started Texas to 60 points in the half.

    Durant started the run with two free throws, hit another 3-pointer, then used his lanky 6-foot-9 frame to slash under the basket and finish a reverse layup.

    Durant's third 3-pointer made it 38-14 and Barnes went deep into his bench early in the game. Pittman scored six points in the half.

    "I'm getting used to the game," Pittman said. "I've got to beat my man down the court (on defense)."

    Abrams, shooting 55 percent on 3-pointers coming into the game, hit three in the first half, including one in the final seconds to make it 60-25. He finished with 20 points.

    Texas started four freshmen -- Durant, D.J. Augustin, Justin Mason and Damion James -- for the second straight game. James opened the second half with consecutive dunks.

    The Longhorns have scored at least 90 points four times.

    Texas Southern coach Ronnie Courtney won two Texas state high school championships on the Longhorns' home court when he coached Sugar Land Willowridge. Those teams had current NBA players T.J. Ford and Daniel Ewing.

    "I think I might have needed some help from those guys. We might have kept it close at least," Courtney said. "Pretty awesome exhibition of basketball by the Longhorns. We were just outmanned. Too much firepower. Too much everything."

    Jacques Jones scored 14 points to lead Texas Southern (1-5).

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 50 90
    FG Made-Attempted 20-50 (.400) 32-74 (.432)
    3P Made-Attempted 3-13 (.231) 10-32 (.313)
    FT Made-Attempted 7-11 (.636) 16-24 (.667)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (0/0) 16 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 2 46

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