Texas State 70

(4-6, 0-5 away)

Texas 96

(7-2, 6-1 home)

    4:00 PM ET, December 16, 2006

    Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas

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    TXST 41 2970
    TEX 48 4896

    Top Performers

    Texas State: C. Dotson 14 Pts, 5 Reb, 4 Ast, 4 Stl

    Texas: D. Augustin 24 Pts, 5 Ast

    Texas coach Barnes notches 400th win; Longhorns roll

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Texas started the season with Kevin Durant and A.J. Abrams their best scoring threats.

    Yet when those two struggle and the Longhorns still win by 26, it's time opponents start rethinking just how they plan to defend against Texas' talented group of freshmen.

    D.J. Augustin scored 24 points and Justin Mason added 18 points Saturday as the Longhorns gave coach Rick Barnes career victory No. 400 with a 96-70 win over Texas State.

    With Durant and Abrams combining for 20 points on a subpar shooting effort -- Abrams was 2 of 11 -- the freshmen guards powered the Longhorns past the 90-point mark for the fifth time this season.

    "Coach wants us to keep things running, pushing the ball," said Augustin, who shot 5-of-7 from the floor, 12-of-13 from the free throw line and had five assists in his first game after scoring 25 in an upset win over No. 12 Louisiana State.

    "When they're hugging up on A.J. and Kevin, that leaves room for me," Augustin said.

    Barnes is the 25th active Division I coach to reach the 400-win milestone and did it in his 20th season, his ninth with Texas (7-2). His players gave him a basketball with his record (400-212) written on it.

    "He told us maybe in three years we can get 500," Augustin said.

    Although a nice milestone, this victory was a bit ragged as Texas struggled to put away the overmatched Bobcats (4-6) until midway through the second half. Durant, the Longhorns' leading scorer this season finishing with 11 points, well below his 21.6 average, and had four turnovers.

    "It's not just one guy," Barnes said. "You've got to get someone attacking the rim. Tonight, D.J. was there."

    Durant had consecutive dunks early as Texas built the lead as high as 11 several times in the first half, only to watch the Bobcats hit a shot or force a turnover that kept the Longhorns from pulling away.

    Augustin scored 15 points in the first half. The Longhorns led 48-41 going into the second.

    "Defensively we weren't very good," Barnes said. "We were leaving shooters open and getting beat off the drive."

    Texas started opening things up early in the second half when Mason's layup made it 61-48. The Bobcats quickly hit consecutive 3-pointers to cut the lead back to seven just seconds later. It was the last time Texas State would make a run at an upset.

    With Durant still struggling to find his rhythm, the Longhorns got consecutive 3-point plays from Connor Atchley and Augustin to push the lead back to 75-58 and seize control of the game with just under 11 minutes to play. Texas shot 35 of 48 from the line.

    Charles Dotson led Texas State with 14 points. The Bobcats hit nine 3-pointers but got outrebounded 51-33.

    "Eventually they put on a run and the game kind of got away from us," Texas State coach Doug Davalos said. "There's not going to be a Texas in the Southland Conference. I think we can play with anybody in our league."

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 70 96
    FG Made-Attempted 27-63 (.429) 28-65 (.431)
    3P Made-Attempted 9-24 (.375) 5-17 (.294)
    FT Made-Attempted 7-11 (.636) 35-48 (.729)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 31 (0/0) 16 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 28

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