NCAA: Texas Longhorns Outlast Miami Hurricanes

Travis BickmannCorrespondent IMarch 23, 2008

It seemed as if the Texas Longhorns were going to walk their way into the Sweet 16 as they led the Miami Hurricanes by 17 with about four minutes left to play in the second half.

But a game that could have been a blow out soon turned into a close game as the Hurricanes' 19-4 run cut the Longhorn lead to two.

AJ Abrams then got fouled and went to the line where he calmly sank both free throws to put the Longhorns up by five. Miami came down and Jack McClinton, who finished with 18 points after a 38-point performance against St. Mary's (CA), hit a three to cut the lead to 74-72.

Texas then inbounded the ball to DJ Augustin, who was immediately fouled and went to the line to shoot the double bonus.

Augustin's first shot wasn't even close, as he got nothing but air. He then drained the second one to give the Longhorns a three-point lead at 75-72.

Miami threw the ball down the court only to have it stolen by Damion James.  James then threw the ball down the court to let time expire, and the Longhorns advanced to their fifth Sweet 16 in seven years.

AJ Abrams again led the Longhorns (30-6) in scoring with 26 points on 7-13 shooting and 6-6 from the free throw line. DJ Augustin added 12 points and eight assists.

Damion James also had a good game, scoring 16 points and grabbing 16 boards.

The Hurricanes were led by Jack McClinton, who finished with 18 points, and Lance Hurdle who finished with 11.

With the loss, the seventh seeded Hurricanes finish their season with a record of 23-11 and 8-8 in the ACC.

No. 2 Texas will now play No. 3 Stanford.  Stanford beat Marquette 82-81 in overtime on a game winning shot by Brook Lopez to advance to the Sweet 16, for a berth in the Elite Eight.