NIT survival: Longhorns advance to quarterfinals

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Texas sophomore Jericho Sims hasn’t been a big contributor to Texas this season, but he kept the Longhorns alive in the NIT when his team need it the most.

Xavier’s Quentin Goodin went to free throw line with one attempt left, the teams tied at 70 and 2.8 seconds remaining on the clock in regulation. Goodin missed the would be winner, but Xavier recovered the offensive rebound.

Sims missed on blocking out his assignment, but he didn’t miss the block on Zach Hankins shot attempt that sent the game to overtime and gave the Longhorns new life.

Sims hit four free throws in the extra period as Texas survived three Xavier shot attempts in the final seconds for a 78-76 overtime win. With the win, the Longhorns advance to the NIT quarterfinals, and will host the winner of No. 8 seed Norfolk State and No. 4 seed Colorado Wednesday night.

Courtney Ramey hit a three in overtime to give Texas the lead. Ramey finished with 17 points. Kerwin Roach led Texas in scoring with 21 and he could’ve added a couple more to his tally in ovetime. With the chance to ice the game in the final minute of overtime, Roach went 1-4 from the free throw line which gave Xavier a chance.

Jase Febres had a good day from three-point range hitting 5-9 from beyond the arc, finishing with 17 points. 

Staying with the theme of the season, Texas played another close game—nearly half of the Longhorns’ 34 games have come down to the final minute. Texas is 6-10 in games decided by two possessions or less.

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