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Men's Hoops Falls in Heartbreaker to Longhorns

Kevin Rogers takes a shot over Texas guard Damion James.

Kevin Rogers takes a shot over Texas guard Damion James.

Feb. 17, 2007

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WACO, Texas - Baylor's furious last-minute rally fell just short as the Bears fell 68-67 to Texas Saturday night at the Ferrell Center.

A hectic last second possession by Baylor ended with Mark Shepherd heaving an off-handed shot that rimmed out at the buzzer. Down 68-60 with less than a minute remaining, Baylor's pressure defense and Texas' missed free throws led to the last-second finish.

Texas (19-7, 8-3 Big 12) didn't score after Connor Atchley made his first free throw with 1:40 left to make it 68-60. Kevin Durant rebounded when Atchley missed his second attempt, but D.J. Augustin committed an offensive foul.

Baylor (12-13, 2-10) missed a shot, but Augustin gave it right back when he was stripped by Tweety Carter with 44 seconds left and made a layup. Carter stole it from him again 18 seconds later, this time in the backcourt after a jumper by Curtis Jerrells that followed two missed free throws by J.D. Lewis.

Carter's second steal led to a 3-pointer by Henry Dugat that got Baylor within a point before they fouled Augustin with 11 seconds left.

"The last few mistakes, I put that on me," Augustin said. "I didn't control the game like I should have."

Augustin missed both free throws, but Baylor had no timeouts to stop and set up a play. Dugat and Jerrells both tried to drive before Jerrells passed errantly to little-used forward Shepherd, a lefty who was forced to beat the buzzer with a right-handed shot.

"The way we drew it up was score, win and storm the court," Baylor coach Scott Drew said.

The loss was the 19th straight for Baylor in the series against Texas.

Durant, who finished with 20 points and 14 rebounds, scored seven quick points. His tip-in basket with 14:58 left in the first half put the Longhorns up 9-8.

But Durant then missed eight straight shots (and finished 5-of-16 shooting), and didn't score again until 14:52 left in the game - when he was fouled making a basket to tie the game at 42.

"They kept people at him, trying to keep a body on him and make it tough," Barnes said.

"Obviously, he's a special player," Drew said.

After Durant's tying basket, the Longhorns didn't go ahead until Augustin's alley-oop pass off the backboard to Durant with nine minutes left made it 53-52. Durant grabbed the ball with one home and slammed it, though the ball hit the rim and bounced up before falling through the net.

Baylor led only once more after that, when Dugat converted a turnover into a breakaway slam. But Atchley then had consecutive layups, the second after Durant's rebound on the defensive end.

Baylor pushed ahead 52-45 when Tweety Carter made a 3-pointer, but Texas scored eight straight. The Horns' spurt started with two free throws by Durant and ended with his go-ahead basket. Durant hit 9-of-10 free throws - all after halftime.

Jerrells finished with 18 points and Dugat had 15 for Baylor, which lost its fourth straight and eighth in nine games. Carter and Kevin Rogers both had 10 points, with Rogers also grabbing 11 rebounds.

"I won't say we were lucky," Texas' A.J. Abrams said. "We did some things well on offense and defense."

Then Abrams paused for a second.

"I don't want to say it's luck," he said. "But it kind of is."

 

 

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