Red Raiders fall to Longhorns 80-51

Texas Tech could never really get going against the Texas Longhorns on Tuesday night. Texas played tremendous defense throughout the entire game, holding the Red Raiders to only 28.8% shooting from the field.

AUSTIN, Texas -- A.J. Abrams scored 18 points and Texas (No. 20 ESPN/USA Today; No. 19 AP) stayed in the thick of the Big 12 race with an 80-51 win Tuesday night over Texas Tech.

Kevin Durant added 17 points for the Longhorns (20-7, 10-3), who had all five starters score in double figures but didn't have a 20-point scorer for the first time this season.

The win keeps Texas a half-game behind Texas A&M for second in the Big 12 and a game behind leader Kansas. The Longhorns play both in their last three games.

Alan Voskuil scored nine points to lead the Red Raiders (17-11, 6-7), who shot just 29 percent. Jarrius Jackson, who came in averaging 20.7 points, was 2-of-10 for seven points.

It was the Longhorns' second rout of the Red Raiders at home in the last two seasons. Texas beat Tech by 34 in Austin last season.

This one left Tech coach Bob Knight sitting and stewing on the bench most of the game as the Longhorns built a big early lead and never let the Red Raiders threaten.

Texas is 17-2 against Tech in nine seasons under coach Rick Barnes, who is 12-2 against Knight, the winningest men's coach in college basketball.

Durant, who scored 30 or more points in six of his first nine Big 12 games, hasn't scored more than 21 in the last four.

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