Durant’s big game lifts Texas over Red Raiders
Lubbock, TX (Sports Network) – Kevin Durant posted a career-high tying 37
points and a season-high 23 rebounds, as Big 12 rivals collided in Lubbock
with the 22nd-ranked Texas Longhorns topping the Texas Tech Red Raiders,
Durant shot 15-of-29 from the field, notched his fifth 30-point game in the
last eight and his 13th double-double of the season, tying him for the most
ever in the Big 12. He also recorded the first 30-point, 20-rebound
performance in school history.
Damion Augustin scored 14 points and dished out 11 assists for the Longhorns
(16-5, 6-1), who won their third straight. Damion James added eight points in
Jarrius Jackson scored 27 points for Texas Tech (15-7, 4-3), which has still
won 10 of its 12 home games. Jonathan Plefka scored 14 points, and Martin Zeno
With the score deadlocked at 29, Texas Tech went on an 8-2 spurt capped by
A.J. Abrams trey with 2:39 remaining in the first half, and held a 42-38
The Longhorns blew the game open on a 29-6 explosion midway through the second
half. Tech fell apart after the four-point halftime lead, shooting 8-for-32
from the field in the second.
Texas shot 31-for-61 (50 percent) from the field, while the Red Raiders
finished 21-for-66 (31 percent) and were outrebounded 43-38.
Texas holds a 66-52 edge in the all-time series with Texas Tech, and the
Longhorns have won four straight meetings and seven of the last eight.