Thursday, March 7, 2024

Tale of 2 Halves: Durant vs. Tiny Archibald

In the ultimate tale of two halves, Kevin Durant put up an incredible 21 first half points to give the 2007 Texas Longhorns a 40-31 lead. The only teammate to score was Matt Hill, who hit a free throw. One of the problems for the 1970 UTEP Miners was that the two players defending Durant - Scott English and Len Stewart - both had the highest foul range (33-36 on defensive dice all fouls) and kept fouling Durant.

However, in the second half it was one of the greatest point guards in the history of basketball, Tiny Archibald, who scored 23 or his 31 points after half time to lead an incredible turnaround with a 51-22 domination to win going away 82-62.   

1st H   2nd H    Final
Texas 2007          402262
UTEP 1970315182

Archibald's backcourt teammate Bob Doyle also had a huge night with 21 points and UTEPs front court dominated the boards to give them a 32-21 edge on the boards. UTEP now faces Durant's long-time OKC teammate Russell Westbrook and his UCLA team.
Pos      Texas 2007                 Pts   3pt   2pt  FT  Att   Reb   Stl   Blk   Fl
1-PGD.J. Augustin1004221204
2-SGA.J. Abrams1021223101
3-SFJustin Mason201001101
4-PFKevin Durant25178114031
5-CDamion James201007031
1-PGJ.D. Lewis201001001
2-SGCraig Winder201001001
3-SFConnor Atchley402002011
4-PFDexter Pittman201001001
5-CMatt Hill301120022
 11 Turnovers623201317214914
PosUTEP 1970Pts3pt2ptFTAttRebStlBlkFl
1-PGTiny Archibald3138662412
2-SGBob Doyle2118224101
3-SFMike Switzer804006111
4-PFDick Gibbs402005023
5-CPles Vann603008011
1-PGSam Samuels201001002
2-SGJohn Ruud201002002
3-SFTom Issac402001001
4-PFLen Stewart201002004
5-CScott English201001012
 13 Turnovers8243188326619

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