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Texas overcomes sloppy second half for 73-71 OT win over Arkansas

After cruising to a win over Eastern Illinois Wednesday night, Texas found itself facing some adversity Friday night in El Paso against Arkansas in the Armed Forces Classic. Despite a shooting slump in the second half that included nearly 9 minutes without a field goal, the Longhorns pulled out a 73-71 victory over the Razorbacks. The victory moves Texas to 2-0 on the season.

After sitting out the season opener due to a suspension, Kerwin Roach led the Longhorns with 18 points, including the game tying three pointer at the end of regulation. Roach also added 11 rebounds and 2 assists. It was a quiet night for PG Matt Coleman, who finished the evening with 2 points and 4 assists in 24 minutes. As a team, the Longhorns shot a putrid 31% from the field and 32% from deep.

It appeared the Razorbacks were going to pull out a close victory late in the second half when Daniel Gafford headed to the free throw line for two shots and Arkansas leading 62-60 with 10 seconds remaining. Gafford made the first attempt, but missed the second. Roach grabbed the rebound and sprinted down floor before nailing a 3-pointer to knot the game at 63.

In overtime, the two teams traded blows before freshman Courtney Ramey hit a floater with 49 seconds left to pull Texas ahead 72-71. Ramey finished the game with 10 points and played a key role after Coleman fouled out in overtime. Elijah Mitrou-Long added a free throw with 22 seconds left and the Longhorns survived a frantic final possession from Arkansas that included several good looks around the basket and a missed three pointer as time expired.

Texas will return to action on Monday at the Erwin Center against Louisiana Monroe. The game will tip off at 7 PM and be broadcasted on LHN.

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Jameson McCausland is originally from Frisco, Texas, where he grew up a Longhorn fan. His two favorite sports are football and baseball, both of which he covers for HornSports. He enjoys spending time with family and friends in his spare time. Jameson is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.

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