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January 10, 2013

West Virginia rallies past Texas 57-53 in overtime

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Texas might have taken the lead sooner and widened it more before halftime, but the Longhorns missed 10 of their 14 free throws, including six of their last eight before the break. They went 11 of 25 from the free-throw line for the night.
“You get down to toughness,” Texas coach Rick Barnes said. “West Virginia hung around, you’ve got to give them credit, but there’s no doubt, I think they made winning plays at the end.”
West Virginia trailed for most of the second half. It got within 33-29 on a hook shot by Deniz Kilicli with 12:20 remaining, but Holmes made a driving layup to push Texas’ lead back to six and spur a 9-0 run that put the Longhorns ahead by double digits for the first time.
The Longhorns led by as much as 47-37 with 3:41 to play following a layup by Holmes. West Virginia then started its long-range barrage, scoring 13 straight points capped by Harris’ trey.
“I’m proud of our guys; we had opportunities to pack it in and didn’t,” Huggins said. “They really competed hard today.”
Sophomore Jaylen Bond made his first start of the season for Texas and the sixth of his UT career after missing most of the season with a left foot injury. The 6-foot-7 forward finished with no points and one rebound in 8 minutes.

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