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Abrams leads Texas in rout of Arkansas-Monticello

Nov 19, 2007 - 2:30 AM AUSTIN, Texas (Ticker) -- Junior guard A.J. Abrams scored a career-high 30 points as No. 16 Texas had little trouble remaining unbeaten on Sunday with a 100-52 victory over Division II Arkansas-Monticello in the second round of the StubHub Legends Classic.

The Longhorns (3-0) shot a blistering 56 percent (37-of-66) from the field and 58 percent (15-of-26) from behind the 3-point line. The 16 3-pointers were two shy of the school record.

"I think we got some things out of this game," Texas coach Rick Barnes said. "We watched our tape the other night, and some things we talked about that we are trying to constantly improve were the fundamentals and the little things.

"Overall, I thought the energy and the intensity were good and we stayed with them pretty well."

Abrams helped Texas race out to a commanding 26-9 lead midway through the first half by scoring half of his team's points, including three 3-pointers.

"I haven't been that wide open for a while now," Abrams said. "It was there, and my teammates did a good job at finding me and I was stroking pretty well tonight."

The Longhorns extended their lead to 49-11 over the Boll Weevils (0-3) at the half.

For the game, Abrams shot 11-for-16 from the floor and connected on 8-of-12 behind the 3-point line. He set the Big 12 season record for 3-pointers last season.

"We know that A.J. can shoot, but I said all along that there's more to him than a spot-up shooter," Barnes said. "His defense is getting back to where it was a year ago, but he has to improve there. I thought he got a little winded, but he's smart enough and knows how to fight through it."

Abrams scored 21 points on Friday to lead Texas over UC Davis in first-round action.

Joining Abrams in double figures were swingman Daimon James with 13 points and forward Connor Atchley with 11. Jones also led the Longhorns in rebounds with six.

"That's all I worked on this summer was my jump shot," James said. "Coach always told me if I have an open shot to take it. It was going in tonight, so I kept shooting it.

"But we won tonight and that is all that matters."

Guard Justin Johnson paced Arkansas-Monticello with 18 points off the bench, including four 3-pointers. Guard Duke Sturdivant was the only other Boll Weevil to crack double digits in points with 13.

"I've always felt like you learn about yourself early in the season playing as good a team as you can play," Arkansas-Monticello coach Mike Newell said. "I knew we would find out exactly how well defensively we would have to play. It is definitely a learning experience for us."

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    ARK MONTICELLO 11 41 52
    TEXAS (16) 49 51 100 FINAL

    Nov 18 7:41 PM

    (16) TEXAS 49 HALFTIME

    Nov 18 6:42 PM