AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Cory Joseph made a layup with 37 seconds to play and No. 20 Texas survived an upset scare from Rice when the Owls missed a 3-pointer to tie it at the buzzer, holding on for a 62-59 victory Saturday.
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Joseph had 14 points and Jordan Hamilton scored 13 for the Longhorns, who made nine 3-pointers in the second half but couldn’t put the game away from the free throw line in the final seconds.
Texas (5-1) made just three 2-point field goals in the second half.
Arsalan Kazemi scored 13 points for Rice (3-3).
Joseph’s layup put Texas ahead 60-57. Joseph, Tristan Thompson and Hamilton then missed four free throws down the stretch that would have sealed the win before Tamir Jackon’s 3-pointer at the horn bounced off the rim.