Jonathan Holmes last-second three lifts No. 7 Texas past No. 24 UConn, 55-54 (VIDEO)
In the second half, No. 24 UConn went on an 11-1 run to take a 47-42 over No. 7 Texas with nine minutes remaining in the game. However, after that spurt, the Huskies only converted on one more field goal as the Longhorns stormed back to take a signature 55-54 road victory.
Ryan Boatright scored 13 of UConn’s final 15 points, but split a pair of free throws with 20 seconds to go, up 54-52. With 4.4 seconds left, Jonathan Holmes was freed on an up screen and made a baseline 3-pointer with two seconds left.
Daniel Hamilton got lost on the screen and Boatright, who was guarding the screener, ended up hitting the deck, tweaking his ankle on the play. Myles Turner had slipped the screen and made a cut to the basket. Amida Brimah had to leave Turner alone under the hoop to close out on Holmes’ three, so had he missed it long, Texas had a second-chance opportunity.
Boatright led all scorers with 24 points. Holmes had 13 for Texas while Javan Felix and Demarcus Holland each had 10.
This game was reminiscent of last year’s Florida-UConn game in Storrs. The Gators were missing Scottie Wilbekin and Shabazz Napier took over, hitting the game-winner. Texas was without Isaiah Taylor for the third straight game, and late in the game the Longhorns missed having the ball in his hands as Felix turned the ball over with 27 seconds left, stumbling and throwing a pass out of bounds.
This is one of several non-conference games the Longhorns will play without Taylor with No. 1 Kentucky and Stanford coming up in December.
Texas took a 31-25 halftime lead, amassing a lot of points in transition with bad shots from UConn setting up easy opportunities at the other end. But the Huskies were tough in the halfcourt set, doubling the post and making it difficult for Texas’ big frontline to take control of the game.