Texas tops No.17 Kansas in OT

Junior guard Courtney Ramey posted a team-high 15 points, and junior guard Andrew Jones added his first collegiate double-double with 13 points and a career-best 10 rebounds to lead No. 14/16 Texas (14-6, 8-5 Big 12 Conference) to a 75-72 overtime win against No. 17/19 Kansas (17-8, 11-6 Big 12) on Tuesday night at the Frank Erwin Center. Texas completed a regular-season two-game sweep of the Jayhawks for the first time in program history.

Tuesday’s game marked the final home contest for six UT players: Matt Coleman IIIJase FebresRoyce Hamm Jr.Jericho SimsBlake Nevins and Drayton Whiteside. The Longhorns recorded their largest comeback victory of the season, rallying from a 14-point deficit (36-22) at the 4:06 mark of the first half.

Ramey converted 8-of-8 free throws in 44 minutes, while Andrew Jones hit 6-of-6 from the stripe in 42 minutes during the win. Freshman forward Greg Brown posted 13 points in 20 minutes, and Coleman registered 11 points and a career-best nine rebounds and five assists. Sophomore forward Kai Jones added 10 points and eight rebounds (five offensive) in 21 minutes.

Texas built a 16-11 lead after a Ramey layup at the 11:55 mark of the first half. The Jayhawks responded with a 25-6 run over the next seven-plus minutes to grab a 36-22 advantage following a Christian Braun layup with 4:06 remaining. Kansas converted 48.5-percent from the floor (16-33) and limited the Longhorns to 33.3-percent shooting (10-30) in the first half and took a 43-32 cushion into the break.

Trailing 48-37 after an Ochai Agbaji three-pointer with 17:43 left, Texas used a 20-6 spurt over the next nine minutes to take a 57-54 lead following an Andrew Jones three-pointer at the 9:14 mark. Neither team led by more than four points for the rest of the evening. David McCormack’s put-back with six seconds left tied the game at 66-66 and forced overtime.

In the extra session, a McCormack hook shot gave Kansas a 72-70 lead with 1:40 remaining. Texas held the Jayhawks scoreless for the remainder of overtime and used one Coleman free throw, a pair of Ramey free throws, another single Coleman free throw and a final free throw from Kai Jones with five seconds left to earn the 75-72 win.