Texas edges Arkansas 73-71 in over­time

El Dorado News-Times - - Sports -

FORT BLISS, Texas (AP) — 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 game-high 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 first of two free throws to push the lead to three, set­ting up Roach's ty­ing 3-pointer with 1 sec­ond left that forced over­time.

BIG PIC­TURE

Fri­day's game was a look at two teams who are NCAA post­sea­son reg­u­lars.

Arkansas be­gan its pur­suit of a third con­sec­u­tive NCAA tour­na­ment berth.

The Ra­zor­backs, who were one of eight SEC teams in last year's NCAAs, have made the tour­na­ment three times in the past four years, and are look­ing to add to that with the na­tion's No. 25-ranked re­cruit­ing class. Arkansas was picked 10th in the pre­sea­son SEC poll.

Texas played in its ear­li­est sea­son opener Fri­day. 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.

UP NEXT

Texas: The Longhorns con­tinue their non­con­fer­ence sched­ule with a home game Mon­day against Louisiana Mon­roe, fol­lowed by a home game on Fri­day against The Ci­tadel.

Arkansas: The Ra­zor­backs get 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 (Nov. 18), Mon­tana State (Nov. 21) and UT Ar­ling­ton (Nov. 23) in their other games in the Show­case.

Ter­rance Arm­stard/News-Times

On the move: Pine Bluff de­fen­sive tackle Quin­ton John­son (79) tries to stop El Do­rado quar­ter­back Wanya Fra­zier (12) as he looks for an open­ing dur­ing the first round of the 6A play­offs at Memo­rial Sta­dium Fri­day.

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