Gophers' Season Ends with 76-62 Loss to Texas
Lawrence Westbrook scored 19 in tournament loss
Lawrence Westbrook scored 19 in tournament loss

Posted Mar 20, 2009

A.J. Abrams had 26 points and made eight of 15 three-point shots as Texas defeated Minnesota 76-62 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Gophers jumped out to a quick start, leading by 10 points (13-3) in the opening minutes. The Longhorns tied the game at 15-15 and led 39-35 at halftime when Abrams made a three-pointer with three seconds left.

Minnesota's offensive woes continued in the second half as they shot just 31% from the field and were just one of nine from three-point range. Conversely, Texas was 11 of 20 from three-point range.

Damion James added 18 points and nine rebounds for the seventh-seeded Longhorns (23-11). Dexter Pittman added 17 points and 11 rebounds. Texas shot 47% from the field and outrebounded Minnesota 41-30.

The Golden Gophers finished the season 22-11, losing 10 of their final 16 games. Minnesota had gotten off to its best start in more than 30 years at 16-1.

Lawrence Westbrook scored 19 points for the Gophers and fellow junior Damian Johnson added 13 points.

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