This one was for Andrew.
Minutes after beautiful No. 16 TCU, 99-98, in double additional time, teary-eyed Texas gamers held up Andrew Jones’ No. 1 jersey throughout postgame celebrations Wednesday.
The college introduced solely hours prior that Jones was lately identified with leukemia after present process a variety of checks over the previous week.
Texas coach Shaka Sensible and a variety of gamers had been visibly emotional after the win.
“Our guys actually needed to win for Andrew. He is the one which’s been on our minds and in our hearts,” Sensible informed ESPN after the sport. “I am actually happy with the way in which they fought. I hope ‘Drew is listening proper now. I hope he is aware of we love him.”
Jones ranked second on the crew in scoring. He beforehand flirted with leaving for the NBA Draft final 12 months earlier than deciding to return for his sophomore season.
Texas beforehand introduced they may start sporting “AJ1” patches on their basketball jerseys to honor Jones.
The Longhorns practically let the win slip via grasps after trailing 94-90 at one level within the second additional time. Texas was capable of storm again and tie the sport at 98 earlier than small ahead Jericho Sims transformed the decisive free throw with 5 seconds left to seal the Longhorns’ win.
The win over TCU was Texas’ greatest of the season and improves the Longhorns’ file to 11-5 and 2-2 in convention play.