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Roach’s last-second layup boosts men’s basketball past Oklahoma State, 65-64

Guard Kerwin Roach scored 12 points, including a lay-up in the final seconds, to help lift the Texas men's basketball team to a 65-64 victory Saturday over Oklahoma State at the Erwin Center (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

By Steve Habel/Senior Editor

AUSTIN, Texas — One could almost feel the collective crowd at the Frank Erwin Center groan with anguish as Texas guard Kerwin Roach II dribbled out the final seconds of the game Saturday against Oklahoma State.

Longhorns coach Shaka Smart put the game, win or lose, in Roach’s hands, but with four seconds remaining, Roach’s path to the basket, or to pass or shoot, was blocked by three Cowboy defenders who were protecting a one-point lead.

Somehow, somehow, Roach found a sliver of room with which to work, scooted through it and made his way to the rim, banking home a contested layup with 1.3 seconds to play to lift the shorthanded Longhorns past Oklahoma State, 65-64, in a thrilling, back-and-worth, rollercoaster of a Big 12 Conference game.

Roach, working the clock 30 feet from

 

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 .