Three se­niors hope for fi­nal home high­light

Cleare, Yancy, Isom can help Horns fin­ish reg­u­lar sea­son on up­beat note.

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - By Brian Davis bdavis@states­man.com Men

Shaq Cleare and Ken­dal Yancy both glanced up into the Erwin Cen­ter rafters dur­ing Thurs­day’s prac­tice and stopped dead in their tracks.

“It dropped my heart a lit­tle bit when I saw my jer­sey hang­ing in the arena,” said Cleare, one of three Texas se­niors. “This time is wind­ing down. So coach told me just to en­joy it, em­brace it and have fun. You’ve got noth­ing to lose.”

Cleare, Yancy and grad­u­ate trans­fer Mareik “Mo” Isom all will be hon­ored, along with six stu­dent sup­port staffers, dur­ing a pregame cer­e­mony Satur­day as part of the team’s se­nior day fes­tiv­i­ties. Then comes the 3 p.m. reg­u­lar-sea­son fi­nale against No. 11 Bay­lor.

The Longhorns (10-20, 4-13 Big 12) still hope to fin­ish the reg­u­lar sea­son on a pos­i­tive note be­fore next week’s Big 12 Tour­na­ment. The Bears (24-6, 11-6) are still an­gling for a pos­si­ble No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tour­na­ment.

“I don’t want to get too emo­tional in the game,” Yancy said, “but I do want to beat Bay­lor.”

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