Author Archives: Joe Cook

Late game heroics brings Texas past OU, 84-83 + Preston’s Game Thoughts

Andrew Jones and Eric Davis celebrating Jones' game winner (Will Gallagher/IT)

With just over a minute to play, the game appeared to look like several other close losses from Shaka Smart’s Texas Longhorns this season. Sophomore Eric Davis and freshman Andrew Jones made sure this game was different. Davis hit a three-pointer to cut the Sooner lead to two with just over 10 seconds left, and after two missed Oklahoma free throws, Jones dribbled down the floor and nailed a long rainbow three with 1.8 seconds left to give the Longhorns a thrilling 84-83 victory.

No. 10 West Virginia outlasts Texas, 74-72

Andrew Jones drives against WVU (Will Gallagher/IT)

Against a team designed to break opponent’s composure, Shaka Smart’s young Texas Longhorns played one of their most composed games of the season against the hard-pressing West Virginia Mountaineers, led by freshman Andrew Jones’ 17 points and freshman Jarrett Allen’s game-high 19 points and seven rebounds. Texas played a good all-around game, shooting 48 percent and making 78 percent of their free throws, but the Mountaineer defense forced 19 turnovers and played better than Texas did when it mattered down the stretch to defeat Texas, 74-72.

Texas offers two from Houston Lamar

D'Shawn Jamison (Joe Cook/IT)

Houston Lamar remains one of the best high school programs within greater Houston. Accordingly, their team boasts several players with Power 5 talent. Tom Herman and Texas decided to extend an offer to two Lamar juniors, defensive back D’Shawn Jamison and wide receiver Al’vonte Woodard.

Texas cruises past UAB, 96-60 + Preston’s game thoughts

Jarrett Allen slams it (Will Gallagher/IT)

Texas scored a season high 96 points and had five players go for double figures as the Longhorns were able to put away the UAB Blazers, 96-60. Sophomore Tevin Mack led the Longhorns in scoring, going for 18 points on 7-of-14 shooting. Freshmen Jarrett Allen and Andrew Jones each had 16 points, with Allen pulling down 6 rebounds and Jones pulling down 5. Seniors Shaquille Cleare and Kendall Yancy had 10 and 14 points apiece to lead the Longhorns to an easy victory.

The Weekend’s Best – UIL State Championships

Garrett Wilson at the UIL State Championship. (Justin Wells/IT)

This past weekend was my first experience covering the UIL State Championships. I had attended the two 6A title games in Houston last year, but I was sitting with Eric in the stands rather than up in the booth. This year, I made the trek to AT&T Stadium to see the best of the state face off. There were a few blowouts, a few great games and a lot of D1 talent on the field. Here’s the best of what I saw this past weekend.