Senior Day in Austin wrapped up Saturday afternoon with the 10-21 (4-14) Texas Longhorns finishing dead last in the Big 12 after coming up considerably short to No. 11 Baylor 75-64.
In a regular season finale that proved resemblant to the vast majority of games this season, the script told a familiar tale for Texas.
The action kicked off in a back-and-forth battle early, but in familiar fashion, following a 14-13 edge over Baylor, the Longhorns slogged through an offensive drought while the Bears started cashing in from the perimeter possession after possession. The result was a 27-10 Baylor run en route to a comfortable 40-24 lead.
From that point, the next run favored Texas, as the ‘Horns closed the first half on a 5-0 run to trim the deficit to 40-29 before opening the second half on a 6-0 run to push things to 40-35.
That five-point margin was as close as things would get for Texas, though.
The game remained competitive until just under the 10 minute mark, in which the deficit was just 52-46, but within minutes, a pair of Baylor threes ballooned the lead to 58-46 and essentially sealed a seven-game losing streak to end the regular season for Shaka Smart’s bunch.
As usual, Texas refused to quit competing down the stretch and even managed to pull within seven behind a 12-2 run to make it 69-62 with 1:11 to play, but it was too little too late en route the 75-64 loss.
As expected, Jarrett Allen led the way for the Longhorns. The freshman standout carried Texas in the first half with 16 of the team’s 29 points, along with a monster block that helps his case as a potential 2017 NBA Draft lottery selection.
Allen finished with a game-high 20 points, along with nine rebounds and three blocks.
It’s quite possible Saturday was the final time the burnt orange nation will see Allen playing basketball in Austin.
Senior Shaquille Cleare joined Allen in double figures with 14 points and nine rebounds of his own during his final outing at the Frank Erwin Center, while freshman Andrew Jones added 12 points and seven assists. Senior Kendal Yancy finished with seven points and graduate transfer Mareik Isom started, but remained scoreless on a 0-2 shooting effort.
A well-rounded effort was the story for Baylor.
Potential first-round NBA Draft selection Johnathan Motley led Baylor with a monster double-double with 17 points and 17 boards, while sophomore guards Jake Lindsey and King McClure added 16 and 12 points, respectively. Wendell Mitchell and Al Freeman scored nine and eight points off the bench, respectively.
Baylor also dominated the boards, out-rebounding Texas 44-28, which played a substantial role in the final score.
With the regular season now wrapped up, the Longhorns are riding a seven-game losing streak and may be facing their final game of the entire season on Wednesday, as Texas will be the No. 10 seed in the Big 12 Tournament. The ‘Horns will face Texas Tech.