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|Texas Defeats Hawkeyes in CBE Classic
|KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Dexter Pittman scored 11 of his 15 points in the second half and No. 3 Texas survived Cully Payne's miracle shot to beat Iowa 85-60 Monday night in the semifinals of the CBE Classic.
Texas (3-0) had its usual balanced scoring, with five players in double figures, and shot 55 percent to reach Tuesday's championship game against Pittsburgh. Jordan Hamilton had 16 points, Dogus Balbay 14 and Damion James added 10 points and 12 rebounds for the Longhorns.
Iowa (1-3) made a lot tougher than Texas or anyone else expected.
Down 14 points early, the Hawkeyes closed the first half with a flurry of 3-pointers, capped by Payne's buzzer-beating heave from beyond midcourt that tied the game. Iowa just ran out of miracles.
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