UT men’s basketball rallies past Alabama, 77-68

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Texas men's basketball head coach Shaka Smart said that the Longhorns' maturity was critical in their ability to storm back from a 12-point deficit to beat Alabama, 77-68, Friday at the Frank Erwin Center (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

By Steve Lansdale

AUSTIN, Texas — When the University of Texas men’s basketball team headed to the locker room for halftime Friday, the Longhorns found themselves on the short end of a 12-point deficit against the University of Alabama. But while some teams might have buckled against the odds of mounting a comeback, UT head coach Shaka Smart said the composure his team showed was instrumental in mounting a rally.

“The difference was the guys just weren't as bummed out,” Smart said. “I know that sounds simple, but when you go back to the locker room at halftime, there are still 20 minutes left to play. If, prior to the game, you had planned out a perfect game, you're probably not going to be pleased. You're probably not going to be happy. Certainly if you're down by 12, you're not going to be pleased. Our guys  [article-offer]

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