Late 3-point­ers help Texas edge Arkansas in OT

The Sentinel-Record - - SPORTS - JOHN ERFORT

FORT BLISS, Texas — Ker­win Roach II made two late 3-point­ers to help Texas reach over­time, where the Longhorns did just enough for a

73-71 vic­tory against Arkansas on Fri­day night in the Armed Forces Clas­sic.

Roach led Texas (2-0) with

18 points. Jeri­cho Sims added

14 points and Dy­lan Osetkowski had 11 with 13 re­bounds.

Arkansas (0-1) got a game­high 20 points from cen­ter Daniel Gaf­ford, who also had a dou­ble-dou­ble with 12 re­bounds. Isa­iah Joe added 17 points for the Ra­zor­backs,

while Jalen Har­ris and Ma­son Jones each had 11.

Arkansas trailed, 36-30, at the half, but a 10-0 run mid­way through the sec­ond half al­lowed the Ra­zor­backs to take a 49-47 lead af­ter a 3-pointer by Joe.

The Ra­zor­backs outscored Texas, 33-27, in the sec­ond half, but freethrow shoot­ing kept the Longhorns in it. They went 14-for-20 shoot­ing from the line in the sec­ond half and made 4 of 6 in over­time. That al­lowed Texas to over­come cold shoot­ing, in­clud­ing a stretch of 9:47 with­out a field goal in the sec­ond half.

A dunk by Gaf­ford put Arkansas ahead 62-59 with a minute to play. Af­ter an air ball by Texas, Osetkowski made 1 of 2 free throws to make it 62-60. Gaf­ford then missed the sec­ond of two free throws to keep the lead to three, set­ting up Roach’s ty­ing 3-pointer with one sec­ond left that forced over­time.

Arkansas be­gan its pur­suit of a third con­sec­u­tive NCAA tour­na­ment berth. The Ra­zor­backs, who were one of eight South­east­ern Con­fer­ence teams in last year’s NCAA Tour­na­ment, have made the tour­na­ment three times in the past four years.

Coach Mike An­der­son’s team is look­ing to add to that with the na­tion’s No. 25-ranked re­cruit­ing class. Arkansas was picked 10th in the pre­sea­son SEC poll.

The Longhorns, who also made the NCAA tour­na­ment, re­turn four of five starters from last year’s team. Texas was picked fourth in the Big 12 pre­sea­son rank­ings. The Longhorns fea­ture last year’s No. 8-ranked re­cruit­ing class.

Texas will con­tinue its non-con­fer­ence sched­ule with a home game Mon­day against Louisiana-Mon­roe, fol­lowed by a home game on Fri­day against The Ci­tadel.

Arkansas has Satur­day and Sun­day off be­fore host­ing UC-Davis on Mon­day, which is the first game of the Hard­wood Show­case event. All games are at Arkansas’ Bud Wal­ton Arena. The Ra­zor­backs will play In­di­ana on Nov. 18, Mon­tana State on Nov. 21 and UT-Ar­ling­ton on Nov. 23 in their other games in the Show­case.

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