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Abrams helps Texas rout Ark.-Monticello

November 19, 2007

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— A.J. Abrams kept getting open for 3-pointers. So he kept putting them up, and they kept falling in.

The Big 12-record holder for 3-pointers in a season hit eight on his way to a career-high 30 points Sunday, leading No. 16 Texas to an easy 100-52 victory over Division-II Arkansas-Monticello.

"It was there and I was stroking pretty good tonight," Abrams said. "I feel every time I shoot it, it has a chance to go in. The basket did look pretty open tonight."

It wasn't just Abrams hitting from long range. Texas (3-0) hit 16 3-pointers, two shy of the school record, in the rout. The Longhorns led by 38 at halftime and by 50 early in the second half.

Arkansas-Monticello (0-2) was completely overmatched, shooting just 3-of-33 in the first half.

The Boll Weevils scored 11 points in the half, the fewest allowed by Texas since 1949. Justin Johnson led Arkansas-Monticello with 18 points, all in the second half.

Texas played the Boll Weevils as part of the StubHub Legends Classic. After three blowout wins to begin the season, the Longhorns' schedule gets tougher in the next round next week in Newark, N.J.

They play New Mexico State on Friday and then either West Virginia or No. 7 Tennessee.

"The competition will be a little bit different," Texas coach Rick Barnes said.

The Longhorns have held their first three opponents to 30 percent shooting or less.

Baylor 68, Notre Dame 64.

Charlotte Amalie, U.S. Virgin Islands - Curtis Jerrells scored 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds, and Baylor beat Notre Dame. Jerrells scored 15 points in the second half as the Bears (3-0) advanced to face Winthrop today for the championship of the Paradise Jam. Baylor took its first lead on a 3-pointer by Jerrells that put the Bears ahead 61-60 with 3:10 to play.

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