13 Feb

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Men’s basketball falls to Baylor in double overtime for third straight loss

Guard Kerwin Roach scored 15 points and hit a pair of clutch free throws to force a second overtime, but the Texas men's basketball team still lost at home to Baylor, 74-73, Monday night (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

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.”

Steve Habel is a senior contributing writer for Horns Illustrated. He has covered Texas sports since 1989 and was this magazine’s senior editor for 24 years. You can follow him on twitter @stevehabel .