NEW YORK (AP) -- Kevin Durant had 29 points and fellow freshman
D.J. Augustin added 17 to lead Texas to a 77-76 victory over
St. John's on Friday night in the third-place game of the Coaches
vs. Cancer Classic.
The 3-1 Longhorns (No. 18 ESPN/USA Today; No. 19 AP) were able to win a close one after losing 63-61 to Michigan State in the semifinals on a driving basket by
Drew Neitzel with 2.4 seconds to play. This time, they weren't
assured of the win until Anthony Mason Jr.'s long 3-point attempt
with 1 second left bounced off the rim.
Augustin, who had seven assists, gave Texas the lead for good at
75-73 with two free throws with 1:55 to play. His driving scoop
shot after he stole the ball from Lamont Hamilton made it 77-73,
but he missed the free throw to complete the three-point play.
Eugene Lawrence's three-point play with 31 seconds left brought
St. John's (2-2) within one point. Justin Mason, another of the
freshmen who see extensive time for Texas, missed the front end of
a 1-and-1 with 16 seconds left, but all St. John's could manage on
its final possession was the long 3 by Mason.
Durant, who has scored at least 20 points in every game this
season, had 10 rebounds.
Avery Patterson had 22 points for St. John's and was 6-for-11
from 3-point range.
The Red Storm led 45-44 at halftime, a far cry from the 58-21
deficit they faced after 20 minutes in their 92-60 semifinal loss