DePaul 63, Texas 62
ATLANTA (AP) _ A block by Dallas Comegys slowed down Texas’ John Brownlee long enough for No. 20 DePaul to pull out a 63-62 victory over the Longhorns Saturday in the consolation game of the Cotton States Classic college basketball tournament.
No. 7 Georgia Tech, the host team, played Navy for the championship later Saturday.
DePaul, 7-3, was up 59-58 with a little more than one minute remaining when Comegys blocked a Brownlee shot. Tony Jackson drew a foul in the subsequent scramble and then hit both ends of a one-and-one to make it 61-58.
Brownlee, who led all scorers with 21, got a basket with 17 seconds, which DePaul answered with free throws by Rod Strickland and Terrence Greene.
Brownlee scored another basket with one second remaining to pull Texas within one, but the game ended on the next play as the Longhorns intercepted DePaul’s inbounds throw.
Texas opened a 10-point lead 10 minutes into the game, only to be outscored 26-11 to fall behind DePaul 30-25 at the half. With the score 44-44 and 10:56 to go, DePaul scored 5 straight, 3 by Comegys, to take the lead for good.
Comegys was DePaul’s high scorer, with 16, while Jackson added 13 and Greene contributed 11.
Texas, 5-6, got 16 points from Patrick Fairs and 10 from Karl Willock.
Brownlee pulled in a game-high 11 rebounds.