Texas Topples No. 1 UCLA

It was, quite simply, the biggest regular-season win in Texas basketball history. Damion James' slam on the ally-oop from D.J. Augustin with eight seconds remaining gave Texas a 63-61 thriller at top-ranked UCLA.

The play was made possible by Connor Atchley's trey that tied the score with one-minute left. Atchley also chased down a key defensive rebound when Luc Richard Mbah a Moute misfired on the front end of a one-and-one to set up the winning bucket. Mbah a Moute's desperation trey rattled off the rim at the buzzer, sending Texas' jubilant bench into a midcourt celebration.

The Horns raised their mark to 7-0 while the Bruins fell to 7-1.

How far has Texas come in the post-Keven Durant era? Consider this: the Horns have knocked-off two Top 10 teams in the past week, starting with a 21-point drubbing of then-No. 7 Tennessee. The win snaps UCLA's 25-game home win streak at historic Pauley Pavillion. It was just the seventh time in school history that Texas has upended a Top 10 team in a true road game, with five coming on Texas coach Rick Barnes' watch. And, for the first time in school history, Texas has knocked off the nation's No. 1 basketball team.

D.J. Augustin and Damion James each tallied 19 points, but it was James' fearless mid-range jump shot and 10 boards that drew the praises of A-list Hollywood star Denzel Washington as he walked past the Texas broadcast booth. Atchley added nine points and four rebounds but, more important, held big man Kevin Love to 11 points and half of his rebounding averaging at five boards.

The Horns shot 47.5 percent (28-of-59 FG) while the Bruins answered with a 44.2 percent shooting night (23-of-52). Texas' tenacious D frustrated the Bruins into 6-of-21 (28.6 percent) from three-point range while the Horns went 5-of-14 (35.7 percent) from outside the arc. The taller Bruins blocked five shots but were out-rebounded, 27-25.

The early story line was quickness beats height as the Horns blew past the Bruins with their dribble-penetration. The Horns went on a 17-0 run over a stretch of 7:59 to race to a 30-14 lead in the opening period. The Burnt Orange led 37-25 at intermission after shooting 53 percent from the field. Texas controlled the boards, 19-13, at the break while mixing 'Zone' with a soft Man defense against the Bruins.

UCLA opened the second period with an 8-0 run before Augustin answered with a floater. Atchley was whistled for his third personal with 15:34 remaining and Texas leading 39-35. Russell Westbrook's buzzer-beating trey brought the Bruins within one.

Josh Shipp's trey gave UCLA its first lead since the 14:13 mark of the first period, 41-40, as Texas misfired on nine of its first 10 shots after the break. James drained one from the top of the key to end the drought. His floater regained the lead for the Horns, 44-43, with just under 10 minutes remaining. Augustin's first trey of the contest made it 47-45, Texas.

James and Augustin represented Texas only offense for most of the second the second period, and each knocked down jumpers to in what was now a nip-and-tuck affair. Darren Collison's second straight trey knotted the affair at 51-51 with 6:35 remaining. A.J. Abrams' layup forced another tie at 53.

Collison's lay-in gave the Bruins a 59-55 lead as Barnes called for time with 3:08 remaining. Augustin's NBA-trey brought the Horns within one. The Horns took their final time-out trailing, 61-58, with 1:14 on the game clock. That's when Atchley did what few expect from collegiate post players: he nailed a three-pointer to tie the score with 60 seconds remaining. The rest, of course, was a Hollywood ending for the Longhorns.

Texas returns to action 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 5, at the Erwin Center against North Texas. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. (CST).


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