Arkansas 76

(8-3, 1-2 away)

Texas 80

(8-2, 7-1 home)

    9:00 PM ET, December 20, 2006

    Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas

    1 2 T
    ARK 37 3976
    TEX 41 3980

    Top Performers

    Arkansas: P. Beverley 19 Pts, 8 Reb, 7 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Texas: K. Durant 28 Pts, 13 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Texas 80, Arkansas 76

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- The Texas freshmen are too young to remember the wild and woolly days of the Longhorns' old rivalry with Arkansas.

    No matter. Their 80-76 win over the Razorbacks on Wednesday night was exciting enough to stand up to the barnburners of the old days.

    Freshman guard Justin Mason's driving layup and free throw with 12 seconds left sent the Longhorns to the win in the first meeting between the old Southwest Conference rivals since 1991.

    "Coach (Rick Barnes) told us it was a Duke-North Carolina kind of thing," said Longhorn freshman forward Kevin Durant, who scored a game-high 28 points and hit two free throws in the final seconds that sealed the victory.

    "He told us to come out with a chip on our shoulder," Durant said. "This was a great win for our program."

    It was the first meeting between the old SWC rivals since "Tournament" Tom Penders and "Strollin" Nolan Richardson were coaching the Longhorns and Razorbacks through some entertaining basketball. The last time they met, Arkansas rolled to a 120-89 win in the SWC championship game.

    The Longhorns start four freshmen who were toddlers back then. And while this one didn't produce those kind of fireworks, it brought plenty of drama to the start of a new four-game series.

    Arkansas had taken a 76-75 lead when Sonny Weems scored on an inbounds pass near the basket. Texas then got the ball to Mason, who drove the lane, hit the layup and drew the foul on Weems.

    The Razorbacks had been sitting in a zone defense and expected the Longhorns to get the ball to Durant or guard D.J. Augustin for the last shot.

    "The last thing I thought would happen is somebody drive through the zone defense," said Arkansas coach Stan Heath. "I don't think anybody in the building thought Mason would take that shot."

    Mason hit the layup and the free throw for the 78-76 lead.

    "Maybe I surprised them because throughout the game they weren't focused on me," Mason said.

    Arkansas had a chance to tie it when Gary Ervin drew a foul with five seconds left, but he missed the two free throws.

    Durant scored 15 points in the second half. D.J. Augustin added 16 points. Mason finished with 10 points and seven assists for Texas (8-2).

    Charles Thomas and Patrick Beverley each scored 19 to lead the Razorbacks (8-3).

    The Razorbacks opened the second half with a 16-6 run that quieted the home crowd. Beverley hit a pair of 3-pointers from the wing when Durant got stuck on defense under the basket, and Weems drove the baseline for a fist-pumping dunk as Arkansas took a 53-47 lead.

    It didn't last long. Durant scored two straight baskets and Augustin drove the baseline for a layup and then hit a 3-pointer. Durant's one-handed baseline jam capped the rally that retook the lead, 58-55.

    But the Razorbacks kept finding soft spots in Texas' perimeter defense. Beverley and Weems connected for two more 3-pointers from the corners to keep Texas from pulling away.

    Arkansas led 69-68 before A.J. Abrams, Texas' best long-range shooter, hit his second 3-pointer of the half for a 71-69 Texas lead with just over three minutes to play.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 76 80
    FG Made-Attempted 29-66 (.439) 28-58 (.483)
    3P Made-Attempted 8-23 (.348) 7-17 (.412)
    FT Made-Attempted 10-20 (.500) 17-26 (.654)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (0/0) 21 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 6 10

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