Roughly 24 hours after the Texas Longhorns learned that sophomore guard Andrew Jones is battling leukemia, the short-handed team managed to pull out a hard-fought, gutty double-overtime 99-98 win over the TCU Horned Frogs in Austin.
Up by one point following a free throw by freshman forward Jericho Sims, Texas gave up a drive by TCU point guard Jaylen Fisher, who missed a lay up at the win that would have given the Horned Frogs the win.
As one BON writer put it, Fisher makes that shot 99 times out of 100, but that one was for Andrew Jones.
In the aftermath of the victory, it was an emotional scene for the Longhorns, especially head coach Shaka Smart:
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Moments later, Smart had tears in his eyes during the Eyes of Texas.
“I’ve been proud of our guys, the way they’ve fought and battled,” Smart told ESPN after the game. “Our guys really wanted to win for Andrew. He’s the one that’s been on our minds and on our hearts... I hope Drew is listening right now and knows we love him.”
Stay strong, kid. This one was for you.