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Friday, March 19, 2010

Wake Forest tops Texas 81-80 in OT on Smith’s shot

Wake Forest guard Ishmael Smith (10) is congratulated by guard L.D. Williams (42) after making a shot during an NCAA college basketball game against Texas in New Orleans, Thursday, March 18, 2010.

Wake Forest guard Ishmael Smith (10) is congratulated by guard L.D. Williams (42) after making a shot during an NCAA college basketball game against Texas in New Orleans, Thursday, March 18, 2010.

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Texas vs. Wake Forest

Box Score

— From No. 1 to one and done: Ishmael Smith's last shot meant one more collapse for Texas.

Smith's pull-up jumper from about 17 feet out with 1.3 seconds remaining in overtime gave ninth-seeded Wake Forest an 81-80 win over the eighth-seeded Longhorns in the first round of the NCAA tournament Thursday night.

Texas twice rallied from double-digit deficits, then blew an eight-point lead in overtime, completing a puzzling slide after being ranked No. 1 in the country in January.

It was the third game that went to overtime on a wild first day of NCAA action. Last year, two games went to OT in the entire tournament.

The Demon Deacons (20-10) rallied from a 76-68 deficit in the extra session. They still trailed by four in the final minute, but a 3-pointer by Ari Stewart with 15.9 seconds left made it 80-79.

Gary Johnson then missed two free throws for Texas, giving Smith one more chance.

The Demon Deacons advanced to play top-seeded Kentucky in the second round of the East Regional on Saturday.

Smith finished with 19 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists and eight turnovers.

Wake Forest went on a 17-4 run at the start of the second half to take a 54-42 lead. The Longhorns (24-10), who had wiped out an 11-point deficit in the first half, tied it at 67 on J'Covan Brown's 3-pointer with 49.3 seconds remaining in regulation.

Wake Forest's C.J. Harris made a free throw with 30.5 seconds left, and the Demon Deacons then stopped Texas but turned the ball over trying to inbound it. Damion James tied it for the Longhorns with a free throw with 9.9 seconds left.

Al-Farouq Aminu finished with 20 points and 15 rebounds for Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons weren't playing any better than Texas coming into this game, having lost five of six, but they survived for another round after a game neither team was good enough to put away.

Texas started 17-0 but slumped so badly the Longhorns were hoping for a fresh start in the NCAA tournament. Instead, they began the game shooting 3 of 17 from the field and fell behind by double digits.

Harris made a sprawling, reverse layup to put Wake Forest ahead 12-5, and Stewart added a pair of 3-pointers to make it 18-7.

That was when Jordan Hamilton went to work. The Texas freshman, who was averaging under 10 points per game, made four 3-pointers, a tip-in and a pair of free throws to help his team go into halftime ahead 38-37.

Wake Forest's Tony Woods did give his team some momentum with a putback dunk to end the half.

Comments

KEITHMILES05 11 years, 10 months ago

Texas had THE worst collapse of any college team this year. Rick Barnes wins the award for the worst performing coach with the most talent and that is saying alot in that he passes Roy Williams an the UNC debacle. The Texas team never did learn what team ball is.

justinryman 11 years, 10 months ago

As much as I cheer for the Big12, can't say that I didn't smile just a little bit to see Texas lose last night. Oh and seeing James sitting on the floor as a Hail Mary fell short, priceless.

Rick Barnes has made a living off the talent he has recruited, to bad he can't coach em when it's needed. Oh maybe next year they will work on free throws a little?????

Rick Barnes couldn't coach his way out of a wet paper bag.

Chicago_JHawk 11 years, 10 months ago

How much longer will Barnes last at Texas? He's a double edged sword - he can recruit with the best of them, but consistently does so little with all that talent.

He might be the best they can do at a school where BBall will always be second fiddle.

Steve Gantz 11 years, 10 months ago

kugrampy is correct about that foul. If for nothing else but more points in my bracket I wanted Texas to win. If that foul isn't called Texas wins no doubt.

beebe1 11 years, 10 months ago

If they had a coach that had any interest in the NCAA they would have been a shoo in. The TX foul shooting was almost zero. They deserved to lose!

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