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Texas survives NU scare

March 5, 2008

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— A.J. Abrams spent the last week trying to work out of a shooting slump.

On Tuesday night, it took him 39 minutes and 19 seconds.

Abrams, who was 1-for-5 from the field in the first half, hit a clutch three-pointer with 41 seconds left to lead No. 9 Texas to a 70-66 victory over Nebraska.

"Yesterday (in practice) he was worrying about shooting it," Texas coach Rick Barnes said of Abrams. "In that possession, we felt like he was due, and they did a really good job on him. That last possession they'll think, 'We let him go that last second' and that's all it took."

D.J. Augustin scored 22 points for the Longhorns (25-5, 12-3), who moved into a tie for first place in the Big 12 with No. 5 Kansas.

Aleks Maric had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Cornhuskers (17-11, 6-9).

Abrams' deep three-pointer broke a 61-61 tie. He was fouled on the inbounds pass and hit two free throws with 23 seconds left. Sek Henry hit a 3 to bring the Cornhuskers within two.

Abrams added his second set of free throws with 17 seconds left to give Texas a 68-64 lead.

Henry's layup with 10 seconds to go had Nebraska within two points again.

Kansas State 78, Colorado 72

Manhattan - Michael Beasley, with an appreciative crowd hoping it wasn't his final game in Bramlage Coliseum, had 33 points to break K-State's season scoring record. With 780 points, he surpassed the record of 768 set by Mitch Richmond 20 years ago.

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