NEW YORK - Kevin Durant had 29 points and fellow freshman D.J. Augustin added 17 to lead No. 19 Texas to a 77-76 victory over St. John's on Friday night in the third-place game of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.
The Longhorns (3-1) were able to win a close one after losing 63-61 to Michigan State in the semifinals on a driving basket by Drew Neitzel with 2.4 seconds to play. This time, they weren't assured of the win until Anthony Mason Jr.'s long 3-point attempt with 1 second left bounced off the rim.
Augustin, who had seven assists, gave Texas the lead for good at 75-73 with two free throws with 1:55 to play. His driving scoop shot after he stole the ball from Lamont Hamilton made it 77-73, but he missed the free throw to complete the three-point play.
Eugene Lawrence's three-point play with 31 seconds left brought St. John's (2-2) within one point. Justin Mason, another of the freshmen who see extensive time for Texas, missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 16 seconds left, but all St. John's could manage on its final possession was the long 3 by Mason.
Durant, who has scored at least 20 points in every game this season, had 10 rebounds.
Avery Patterson had 22 points for St. John's and was 6-for-11 from 3-point range.
The Red Storm led 45-44 at halftime, a far cry from the 58-21 deficit they faced after 20 minutes in their 92-60 semifinal loss to Maryland.