Scores

Final

Iowa State 68

(12-12, 3-7 Big 12)

Texas 77

(17-7, 7-3 Big 12)

1:30 PM ET, February 10, 2007

Frank Erwin Special Events Center, Austin, Texas

1 2 T
ISU 23 4568
TEX 42 3577

Top Performers

Iowa State: M. Taylor 25 Pts, 6 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl

Texas: D. Augustin 31 Pts, 1 Reb, 6 Ast, 4 Stl

Texas' Durant held to 6-of-16 from field for 17 points

Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas -- Once again, a Texas freshman scored more than 30 points. Only this time --surprise! -- it wasn't Kevin Durant.

With Durant struggling with a bad shooting game, point guard D.J. Augustin had 31 points and Texas (No. 25 ESPN/USA Today) snapped a two-game losing skid in the Big 12 with a 77-68 win over Iowa State on Saturday.

Impact Freshmen
Several stud frosh are making a big splash in the 2006-07 college basketball season. Here's how the top 5 fared on Saturday and how they stack up against each other:
2/10
Season Avg.
D.J. Augustin, Texas
Points
31
14.2
Rebounds
1
2.7
Assists
6
7.0
Chase Budinger, Arizona
Points
30
15.8
Rebounds
10
5.8
Assists
0
1.8
Kevin Durant, Texas
Points
17
25.0
Rebounds
6
11.6
Assists
2
1.6
Greg Oden, Ohio State
Points
14
15.3
Rebounds
9
9.5
Assists
0
.8
Brandan Wright, North Carolina
Points
15
15.0
Rebounds
7
6.5
Assists
5
1.1

Augustin was 9-of-13 shooting, hit all 10 of his free throws and had six assists and four steals as the Longhorns (17-7, 7-3) withstood a late rally to get the win.

"I thought it was the best performance from anybody on our team this year because of what he did on both ends," said Texas coach Rick Barnes. "He really, by far and away, led today like he's never led before."

Durant, the Big 12's leading scorer and rebounder, had one of his worst shooting games, hitting 6-of-16 from the floor for 17 points and didn't have a 3-pointer. It was the first time he didn't score at least 26 against a Big 12 opponent and his six rebounds were well below his season average of 11.

"My teammates picked me up so good," Durant said. "D.J. did a great job keeping us focused. When they made a run, he would yell at us about playing defense."

Mike Taylor hit five 3-pointers and scored 25 points to lead the Cyclones (12-12, 3-7), who lost for the seventh time in eight games.

The Cyclones did everything they could to stymie Durant, who faced two and three defenders every time he touched the ball. Augustin made easy work of the Iowa State defense, slashing through the lane for twisting layups or pulling up to hit three 3-pointers.

Augustin had 15 points in the first half and Texas led 42-23 at halftime.

"Kevin had three guys on him in the post," Augustin said. "I tried to get it to him everytime I could and he did a great job kicking it out."

Cyclones coach Greg McDermott said the game plan was to force Durant to take shots away from the basket to neutralize his rebounding.

"If we could have got D.J. to cooperate, it would have worked to perfection," McDermott said.

Texas led 49-29 before the Cyclones mounted a rally. Taylor hit a 3-pointer and Wesley Johnson scored four straight points, including a dunk down the middle of the lane, to pull Iowa State within 61-53 with just over six minutes to play.

The teams traded four consecutive 3-pointers before Durant came up with the special kind of play he's been making all season. He used his long left arm to poke the ball away from Taylor, then ran up court, spun around two defenders and floated a soft shot that dropped in to put Texas up 69-59 with four minutes left.

Iowa State got within 73-66 when Corey McIntosh hit two free throws with 1:25 to play. The Cyclones had a chance to get closer but Durant blocked Rahshon Clark's layup. A.J. Abrams and Augustin hit Texas' last four free throws to close it out.

The win gave Barnes No. 208 at Texas, tying Tom Penders (1989-98) for the most in school history.

On Monday, Texas hosts Oklahoma State, which beat the Longhorns 105-103 in triple overtime last month. The Longhorns will need a win if they hope to stay within striking distance of the Big 12 title.

Durant scored 37 in the loss, a nationally televised game that jump-started the debate about whether the freshman could win national player of the year honors.

"It was a regular game. As far as me, I don't know," Durant said. "It was just a loss in our book and we took it hard."

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Team Stat Comparison

 
ISU
TEX
Points 68 77
FG Made-Attempted 25-59 (.424) 27-55 (.491)
3P Made-Attempted 8-24 (.333) 6-15 (.400)
FT Made-Attempted 10-10 (1.000) 17-20 (.850)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 14 (0/0)
Largest Lead 0 21

2006-07 Season

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