Longhorn Men's Basketball

Texas Loses 3-Straight After Double OT Loss To Baylor 74-73

Texas Loses 3-Straight After Double OT Loss To Baylor 74-73

With the Frank Erwin Center buzzing with excitement, Senior Baylor guard Manu Lecomte drove to the basket to put the Bears ahead on a potential game-winning shot in double overtime. It didn’t go in.

Senior forward Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. had other plans, however.

His putback dunk with eight seconds remaining gave the Bears a lead they would not cede and sent the Longhorns packing with a 74-73 loss on the books as junior guard Kerwin Roach’s shot at the buzzer harmlessly bounced off the backboard.

In yet another heartbreaking loss, Texas’ (15-11, 5-8 Big 12) NCAA Tournament chances took a big hit as the Longhorns dropped another must-win, could-have-had-it game.

In a losing effort, freshman forward Mohamed Bamba added 16 points and 16 rebound, good for his third double-double in five games. Freshman guard Matt Coleman and Roach notched 15 points apiece, and junior forward Dylan Osetkowski pitched in 15 points.

On the other side of the court, Lecomte added 16 points for the Bears including several clutch shots down the stretch to keep Texas at bay. Lual-Acuil Jr. put up 14 points and the game-winning dunk that put the nail in the coffin for Texas.

Despite Texas hanging around with a much more experienced Baylor team down the stretch, the Longhorns simply couldn’t make the plays they needed to get ahead. A dismal 15.1% shooting night from beyond the arc hurt the team, and a fatigued team on which five different players were on the court for over 40 minutes simply didn’t have enough gas in the tank.

With only five games remaining in the regular season, the Longhorns face an uphill battle if they hope to get an NCAA Tournament bid. According to ESPN.com, Texas is projected to be a 10-seed this coming March but will have to win more than half of its games in order to make it there.

The Longhorns’ schedule doesn’t get any easier either. Texas will face freshman phenom Trae Young and No. 23 Oklahoma in a grudge match in Norman followed by a trip to Manhattan, KS to take on Kansas State. Tipoff is set for 11 a.m. Saturday at Oklahoma.

Written by: Keshav Prathivadi

Ray Gonzales

February 13th, 2018

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