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Texas opens NIT with 79-73 win over South Dakota State

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A few days after finding out they were being left out of the NCAA Tournament field, Texas earned their first postseason win since 2014, defeating South Dakota State 79-73 in the opening round of the NIT. The Longhorns were led by a big performance from Dylan Osetkowski, who poured in 26 points while adding 2 rebounds and 2 steals. The senior guaranteed himself at least one more game at the Frank Erwin Center as the Longhorns will host the winner of Xavier/Toledo in Round 2.

The Longhorns started out red hot against the Jackrabbits, jumping out to a 19-0 lead to start the game, including starting out 4 for 4 from 3-point range. South Dakota State quickly responded though and closed the deficit to 43-35 heading into halftime. Late in the second half, South Dakota State took a 67-64 lead, but the Longhorns closed the game on a 15-6 run to secure the victory. South Dakota State was led by senior Mike Daum, who scored a team high 25 points and added 11 rebounds.

The win moves Texas overall record to 17-16 on the season, and the Longhorns are now 2 wins away from advancing to the final 4 of the NIT, which is held at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

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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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