Thursday , Mar , 01 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Longhorns dodge Law to drop Aggies

Austin, TX (Sports Network) – The long arm of the Law could only extend so

Despite an inspired performance from their leader Acie Law IV, the seventh-
ranked Texas A&M Aggies fell to No. 15 Texas, 98-96, in a classic double-
overtime duel in the Frank Erwin Center.

Law twice resuscitated his teams’ hopes with a pair of clutch three-
pointers at the end of both regulation and the first OT, and finished with 33
points and five assists.

The Longhorns, though — behind 30 points from freshman Kevin Durant — made
just enough plays in the closing minutes to pull out the hard-fought win.

Durant added 16 rebounds and three blocks while D.J. Augustin finished with
25 points and seven assists for Texas (22-7, 12-3 Big 12), which is now tied
with the Aggies for second place in the conference just behind Kansas. Damion
James chipped in 22 points and A.J. Abrams added 16.

Neither team was able to gain separation down the stretch in regulation, until
Durant nailed a long three-pointer from the wing with 19 seconds on the clock
to make it 76-72.

Undaunted, Dominique Kirk got the ball at the other end and drained a three of
his own to pull Texas A&M within one. Then, after Augustin was fouled and made
both free throws, Law came up with the shot of the game.

Despite having the 6-10 Durant draped all over him, Law released a high-arcing
three-pointer from the right baseline that dropped through with one second
left to force overtime.

History repeated itself in the first extra session, as the Aggies again
trailed late by three, and were again bailed out by Law. With time running
down, the scrappy guard shook loose of his defender and sank a three out top
to force a second overtime.

Texas played front-runner again in the second OT, and assumed a 96-93 edge
with 11 ticks left after Durant was fouled and went 1-of-2 from the line. The
Aggies opted to go for a quick two on the other end, and Antanas Kavaliauskas
converted a layup with five seconds left.

Durant was again sent to the line and made both attempts, making it a three-
point game with time running out. The Longhorns decided to foul Law before he
could try a three-pointer, sending him to the line. After making his first
shot, he missed his second try on purpose and A&M secured the offensive
rebound, but were unable to convert on the putback as time expired.

Kavaliauskas had 18 points and Josh Carter scored 17 for the Aggies (24-5,
12-3), who had a three-game winning streak snapped.

The Aggies went up 19-13 with about 13 minutes remaining in the opening half
after four straight points from Carter, but the Longhorns rattled off the next
six points to tie it up.

The game remained tight for the rest of the half, but James scored the last
four points before intermission — including a tip-in with just one tick left
— to make it 43-36 Texas at the break.

That lead was pushed to 50-39 early in the second half following a pair of
James free throws. The Aggies rattled off the next nine points to cut the
deficit to two, however, and the game stayed close until the end.

Game Notes

UT holds a 129-82 edge in the all-time series with A&M, but the Aggies posted
a 100-82 decision in College Station on February 5th…Texas plays at Kansas
in its regular-season finale…The Aggies will close out the regular season
with a home date against Missouri this weekend.