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Texas Vs. Cincinnati Final: Furious Longhorns Comeback Falls Short

After a brutal start offensively to their first round game against Cincinnati, a furious comeback fell just short for Texas, as the Longhorns lost 65-59.

Nothing went right for Texas in the first half, as they opened the game with a 16-2 deficit. Without much scoring from their front-court, the Longhorns offense stagnated as they resorted to firing away jumpers from the perimeter.

But as has been their pattern all season, Texas mounted a furious second-half comeback led by J'Covan Brown. The junior guard didn't have the most efficient game, but he still finished with 19 points and 6 assists.

However, after getting the score tied at 52, the Longhorns inability to get easy shots in the paint came back to haunt them one final time, as they missed a series of tough three-pointers which gave the Bearcats the chance to regain control of the game.

Cincinnati, with a starting line-up that featured three juniors and two seniors, never panicked, finishing Texas behind a balanced offensive attack from their starters, who scored 59 of the team's 65 points.

For Texas, their up-and-down performance was the culmination of a season great in promise but lacking in execution, as their talent couldn't quite overcome their lack of experience.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.