November 17, 2006
Longhorns lose in closing seconds; St. Johnís next
The Texas Longhorns and Michigan State Spartans played a contrast of two halves at Madison Square Garden Thursday night with the Spartans coming out on top 63-61 on a Drew Neitzel lay-up with 2.4 second remaining.
The Longhorns dictated the pace of play in the first half of the game led by the stellar play of freshmen Kevin Durant and D.J. Augustin. After a slow start that resulted in a 10-6 lead for Michigan State, Durant went to work scoring in every way imaginable with the help of some timely passes for Augustin and A.J. Abrams.
Augustin was not only finding the open man and running the fast paced offense effectively, but also took advantage of scoring opportunities with three nifty driving baskets.
Michigan State stayed in the game behind the timely three-point shooting of Neitzel, Maurice Joseph and Isiah Dahlman.
Spartans freshman forward Raymar Morgan chipped in from the mid-range giving Michigan State offensive balance and keeping the game close.
The Longhorns took a 40-36 lead into the half behind the 33 combined points from Durant, Abrams and Augustin.
Texas scored 10 fast break points in the first half to only two for the Spartans.
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