Hoops: UT Moves to Finals of StubHub! Classic

The Texas Longhorns (4-0) rode junior guard A.J. Abrams' 31 points to coast to a 102-87 win over New Mexico State (2-3) in the semifinal game of the StubHub! Legends Classic in Newark, N.J. Friday night.

Abrams, for the second consecutive game, was the Horns' leading scorer shooting 10 for 15 and nailing nine of his 12 attempts outside of the arc. With his 31 points, Abrams broke his previous record of 30 points set during a 100-52 win over Arkansas-Monticello last Sunday. The Horns combined to hit 16 three-pointers and sink 38 of 59 field goal attempts overall. After its first three games, Texas had already set a single-season record by converting 48.2 percent (27 of 56) from three-point range. Against the New Mexico State Aggies, the Horns drained 61.5 percent from beyond the arc.

Abrams was helped along by sophomore point guard guard D.J. Augustin's 25 points and two boards. Sophomore G/F Damion James lead the team in rebounds by cleaning the class six times. James also managed to put up a healthy 12 points. Junior F/C Connor Atchley shot six for seven with four rebounds.

Missing from the action were Matt Hill, who hurt his left heel, and freshmen guard Dogus Balbay, who suffered a right knee injury in October and is out for the season after undergoing surgery. Also absent was freshmen forward Gary Johnson, a third-team high school all-American at Aldine High School who has an undiagnosed heart condition. Although he racked up 13 points and six rebounds during his 19 minutes off the bench against Xavier (La.) in exhibition, Johnson has yet to take the court during the first four regular-season games.

The Aggies managed to shoot 49.2 percent and slam 14 of 17 three-pointers. Guard Jonathan Gibson led the team with 21 points and forward Justin Hawkins trailed him slightly, making six of his 13 to total 19 points of his own. Hawkins cleaned the glass eight times to tie center Hatila Passos for the team lead.

In New Jersey, at least, the Longhorns found some Aggies they could beat Friday.

The Horns will play the winner of the West Virginia No. 7 Tennessee game for the title on Saturday.

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