As Oklahoma’s Khadeem Lattin pulled in the defensive rebound off a Kerwin Roach missed layup and hit a free throw to extend the Sooners’ lead to 5 with 17 seconds to play in the game, Texas fans angrily left the Frank Erwin Center feeling a sense of DÃ©jÃ vu with Texas’ capability to pull meltdowns out of thin air.
However, when Eric Davis Jr. sunk a three with 11 seconds left to cut the lead back to 2, Longhorn fans stopped in their tracks, and rerouted to the TV around the concession stands.
The score was 81-83, Sooners lead.
Texas quickly fouls Oklahoma’s Kameron McGusty, a career 82.9% free throw shooter.
McGusty misses the front end of the free throws. If they make one, Texas needs a 3 to tie and go to overtime.
McGusty misses the second free throw. Two will tie the game.
Andrew Jones grabs the defensive rebound. 10 seconds left. He dribbles the ball down the court. Longhorn fans and announcers are screaming, go for the hoop. 7 seconds left.
Andrew Jones dribbles to the right side of the arc. 4 seconds left.
Andrew Jones throws up a rainbow from 26 feet away. Longhorn fans simultaneously yell, “NO!”
Swish. 1.8 seconds left.
“When it left my hand, it felt real good,” said Jones
That’s the tail of the last 19 seconds of the Longhorns wild 84-83 win over their Red River Rival, the Oklahoma Sooners, on Monday night.
However, there was a game before those final 19 seconds. In fact, Texas was in control for the majority of the contest and even led by double digits five different times during the second half. With 5 minutes left in the game, Kendall Yancy fouled out and Texas was down to 7 scholarship players. During those last 5 minutes of the game, Texas went into meltdown mode as they allowed the Sooners to outscore them 16-5 with the help of 3 costly turnovers and a lot of missed shots.
Before this, the team was on fire. They started off both halves with immense energy, jumping out to a 9 point lead in the first half before going on a stretch of in which they let the Sooners back in the game. In the second half the Longhorns started off with an 10-1 run to set the tone. But sloppy play from both teams allowed Oklahoma to claw right back into the game over and over again.
Shaq Cleare had a monster game and was Shaka Smart’s player of the game. He tallied a career high 23 points and 8 rebounds (5 offensive). He could not be stopped as he overpowered Oklahoma’s Lattin and Kristian Doolittle (who also had 29 points). He had the magic touch as it just seemed as if everything he shot went in.
Eric Davis Jr. was right behind him, with his own career high of 18 points and shooting 5-10 from 3-point land including the clutch three with 11 seconds left to give the Longhorns a shot of hope.
Not to mention the hero of the game, Andrew Jones, went off for 16 points with a pair of dunks, 3 crucial steals, and 8 rebounds. Fellow SG/PG Kerwin Roach also had himself a game with 8 assists and 11 points.
Even Jarrett Allen had himself a few points, as he posted his 8th double-double of the year. Allen struggled from the floor, shooting 3-13 and being doubled up on the entire second half, Allen still managed to pick up 10 points and 12 rebounds.
Despite very sloppy play by both teams, Texas had control of this game most of the time and should have won with ease. Time and time again the Longhorns will follow up an amazing stretch of plays with lackluster play filled with mistakes, which allows the other team to claw their way back in. Fortunately for the Longhorns, the blend of a clutch play mixed with luck and a lot of skill saved them from dropping a 10-point lead to their rivals and their 6th straight loss.
“We finally ended our drought and beat OU,” Andrew Jones said as the Longhorns move to 2-5 in games decided by 3 points or less.
It was ugly and Texas almost lost, but the fan next to me said it best. “Any game where Texas beats Oklahoma is a good game.”
Texas picks up commitment from 2019 4-star SG
The Longhorns secured their first commitment of the 2019 class from SG Donovan Williams earlier today
Shaka Smart picked up his first commitment in the 2019 class Wednesday morning, when Fort Bend Elkins SG Donovan Williams verbally pledged to the Longhorns. The 6’5, 180 pound guard took his official visit to Austin this past weekend, and it didn’t take long for him to pull the trigger. Williams chose Texas over Arizona State, Texas A&M, Miami and Georgia.
I am thankful for this game and the experiences and memories that have come along with it. I am grateful for all the people I have met upon this journey that have helped along the way. After careful consideration, I’ve decided to commit to The University of Texas. #HookEm 🤘🏾🐂 pic.twitter.com/V10XPiFRbF
— Donovan Williams💎🔮 (@STG_Stretch) September 12, 2018
Williams is currently ranked as the 111th overall player in the 2019 class, according to the 247sports composite rankings.
Here are some highlights from Williams at the NBPA Top 100 Camp:
Jacob Young announces transfer from Texas Basketball program
University of Texas head coach Shaka Smart lost another player on Thursday, just two days after true freshman Mohamed Bamba announced his decision to leave school early and declare himself eligible for the upcoming NBA Draft. Sophmore guard Jacob Young, who averaged 16.2 minutes and 6.2 points per game for the Longhorns this season, announced via twitter that he would seek a transfer.
Thanks to the coaches, teammates, and staff. After my past two years of experiences at UT, I am transferring. I wish Coach Smart and his program all the best. Jacob Young
— Jacob Young (@YEAHLILJ) March 22, 2018
“I appreciate all of the effort that Jacob has given to our University over the past two seasons,” said head coach Shaka Smart in a statement.
Young was a 4-star recruit out of Yates High School in Houston and was ranked as the 23rd best point guard in the country.
NCAA Tournament Preview: Texas vs Nevada
After a one year absence, 10 seed Texas is set to return to the NCAA tournament on Friday against 7 seed Nevada. This will be the Longhorn’s second tournament appearance under third year head coach Shaka Smart, with the first appearance in 2016 ending with a 1st round exit to Northern Iowa on a half-court shot at the buzzer. Nevada returns to the tournament for the second consecutive season, bowing out in the first round last year to Iowa State, 84-73.
On the court, the Wolf Pack are led by the Caleb and Cody Martin. The twins have combined to average 32.7 PPG and 11.6 RPG. Cody is also the team leader in assists at 4.2 per game. There is not much to dislike about Nevada offensively. They shoot well from the field (46.8%), shoot well from 3 (39.8%) and rarely turn the ball over (9.9 turnovers per game). Despite the positives on the offensive end, the Wolf Pack will have several factors working against them heading into the first round match-up. Starting point guard Lindsey Drew has been sidelined for a month with an achilles injury, and his absence has left Nevada short handed. The Wolf Pack will likely only play 7 players against the Longhorns, and Nevada also loves to foul. The inside presence of Jericho Sims and Mo Bamba could cause trouble if Wolf Pack players start finding themselves in foul trouble.
The Longhorns are coming off a 73-69 loss to Texas Tech in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament. Bamba returned to action against the Red Raiders after missing the previous 2 games with a toe injury. The star freshman claims to be 100% healthy heading into the NCAA tournament, and it would be a welcome site for Shaka Smart and company to have their star player back on the floor at full health.
With Eric Davis still out due to an ongoing NCAA investigation, Smart will continue to lean on rising guard Jacob Young, who has elevated his play the past few games. Young poured in a career high 29 points against Texas Tech, and played 32 minutes. The Houston native has given the Longhorns a much needed shooting boast from beyond the arc.
Texas and Nevada is set to tip at 3:30 CST on TBS. The winner for face the winner of 2 seed Cincinnati against 15 seed Georgia State. Follow along at HornSports.com for live updates.
March Madness: Longhorns set to face Nevada in opening round of NCAA Tournament
The Texas Longhorns earned an invitation to the NCAA Tournament on Sunday evening, their 34th appearance, and will face the Nevada Wolfpack in Nashville, Tennessee (South Region) on Friday.
The Longhorns appear as a 10 seed and the Wolfpack, which play in the Mountain West Conference, are the 7-seed in the region. Nevada finished the season at 27-7 (15-3 in the Mountain West).
Nevada is coached by Eric Musselman, who assumed the head coaching position in 2015.
Texas makes their second appearance in the Big Dance under head coach Shaka Smart, who is still in search of his first win in the event. The Longhorns were upset in the first round by Northern Iowa in 2016 on a half-Court buzzer-beater.
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