By Steve Habel, Senior Editor
AUSTIN, Texas — The scoreboard at the Frank Erwin Center after double overtime in Monday’s game between Texas and Baylor announced in big, bright lights that the Bears found a way to outlast the Longhorns, 74-73, in a grind-it-out win, a result that handed Texas its season-worst third loss in a row during a brutal stretch of the relentless Big 12 Conference campaign.
The hope now is that the stinging defeat, after which the Texas players remained in the Cooley Pavilion locker room to “hash things out” and did not participate in postgame interviews, is the ultimate impetus for a Longhorns’ turnaround and a NCAA berth a month from now.
“We’ve lost three straight games and we obviously have to find a way to win,” Texas coach Shaka Smart said after the defeat. “We were one play away tonight. Our job is to find a way to be one play better and to have our guys continue to rally around a common cause. Our guys made so many plays tonight — we just didn’t make the last one.
“If we are one play better, then we win.”