Friday , Nov , 10 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Texas begins season with rout of Alcorn State

Austin, TX (Sports Network) – Kevin Durant scored 20 points as the 21st-
ranked Texas Longhorns opened their season with a 103-44 annihilation of
Alcorn State in the opening round of the 2K Sports College Hoops Classic.

A.J. Abrams and Damion James each scored 13 points to lead a balanced scoring
attack for the Longhorns (1-0), who won a school-record 30 games last season
en route to an appearance in the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament.

Texas will next face Chicago State in the second round of the tournament on

“We obviously started the season the way we wanted to start,” Texas coach Rick
Barnes said. “It was good to get our first win, and we’re going to play a team
tomorrow night that will show us some good offense and defense. We’re going to
have to turn around and get ready very quickly.”.

Delvin Thompson scored a team-high 15 points for the Braves (0-1), who are
coming off a disappointing 8-20 season last year that saw the team go winless,
0-10, in the SWAC.

“Texas was much too strong, much too big for us,” Alcorn State coach Samuel
West said. “I give my guys credit for trying to battle back, but the way the
game was called, they allowed us to play physical and we just couldn’t match
up with their size inside.”

Surprisingly, Texas got off to a slow start and Alcorn State held an early 9-1
lead. However, James’ dunk ignited a 19-0 run and the blowout was on. Craig
Winder’s layup capped the scoring spurt that made it a 20-9 game midway
through the first half.

The Braves would scored just nine more points the rest of the half as Texas
took a 48-18 lead into the locker room and outscored Alcorn State, 55-26 in
the second half.

Game Notes

Durant set a Texas record for most points scored in a freshman debut with 20.
The previous record was 18 points set by Ron Baxter at the beginning of the
1976-77 season and equaled by Jack Worthington in 1981-82 and P.J. Tucker in
2003-04…The Longhorns are now 82-19 in season-openers, including 7-2 under
Barnes…Winder finished with 10 points for Texas….The Longhorns came up one
blocked shot shy of the single-game school record. The record of 13 was set
against California in 2000-01 and equaled against UT San Antonio in 2004-05.