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Roach scores 20 to lead Texas men’s basketball past No. 8 Texas Tech, 66-58

Guard Kerwin Roach, Jr., went from a medical uncertainty to scoring a team-high 20 points in the Texas men's basketball team's 66-58 upset victory over No. 8 Texas Tech (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

By Steve Habel/Senior Editor

AUSTIN, Texas – Guard Kerwin Roach II wasn’t supposed to play Wednesday against Texas Tech because of the continued rehabilitation of his injured left hand but was cleared for action right before tipoff and was one of the deciding factors in the Longhorns’ 66-58 upset victory over No. 8 Texas Tech at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin.

Roach jumped from the pregame injured list to the top of the stat sheet, scoring 20 points off the bench and adding a toughness on defense that the Longhorns have needed — but have not had — over the past three games.

“I didn’t even know he was playing

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 .