Texas rallies to beat Texas Tech 61-52 in Big 12 opener

March 9, 2017
Texas Tech's Zach Smith (11) goes to the basket as Texas' Jarrett Allen (31) defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Big 12 tournament Wednesday, March 8, 2017, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Andrew Jones scored 15 points, Kerwin Roach Jr. had all 13 of his in the second half and No. 10 seed Texas rallied for a 61-52 victory over No. 7 seed Texas Tech on Wednesday night in the opening round of the Big 12 Tournament.

Jarrett Allen also finished with 10 points for the Longhorns (11-21), who were abysmal from beyond the arc for 35 minutes, only to heat up when it mattered most. And that was enough to send a team that had lost seven straight into a quarterfinal against No. 11 West Virginia on Thursday night.

Keenan Evans had 11 points and Anthony Livingston and Matthew Temple scored 10 apiece for the Red Raiders (18-14), whose NCAA Tournament hopes have evaporated over the past few weeks.

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