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#9 Texas was handed its second loss of the season in overtime to the Stanford Cardinal, 74-71 at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin.

The Longhorns led most of the first half until Stanford’s Anthony Brown hit his 3rd three-pointer of the game with 2:52 remaining to give the Cardinal a 26-24 lead. Texas would add five points before Brown would hit his 4th three of the night to tie the score at 29-29. Kendal Yancy would hit a jumper for Texas to take the lead, but Stanford’s Rosco Allen made a layup to even the score, sending the two teams to the locker room tied at 31 at the half.

In the second half the lead was exchanged 12 times before Jonathan Holmes made a jump shot with 0:26 seconds left to tie the game at 64. Stanford’s Robert Cartwright would miss a jumper with 0:01 left in the second half and the game would be sent to OT.

The Longhorns held the lead in overtime until the 1:08 mark, when Anthony Brown hit a pair of free throws to give Stanford a 72-71 lead. Chasson Randle added two points and the lead, but the Longhorns had an opportunity to tie the game. Javan Felix and Demarcus Holland both missed three-point attempts in the final Texas possession, propelling Stanford to a 74-71 win.

Anthony Brown and Chasson Randle combined for a total of 47 points for the Cardinal, with Brown going a perfect 4-4 from three-point range. Javan Felix led the Longhorns in scoring with 19 points, while Jonathan Holmes and Kendal Yancy each contributed 14 points in the loss.

Texas turned the ball over 11 times to Stanford’s 6. The Longhorns out-rebounded the Cardinal 36-32.

Cameron Ridley required three stitches after a collision with Demarcus Holland in the 2nd half while Jonathan Holmes lost a tooth at some point in the game.  Lightly put, it was a rough game for the Longhorns.

The win by the Cardinal snapped a 15-game home winning streak by the Longhorns, including 7-straight this season. The loss marks the 2nd against a Power Five conference opponent in the month of December (the Longhorns lost to top-ranked Kentucky at Rupp Arena on December 5).

For Stanford head coach Johnny Dawkins, the win over Rick Barnes’ Longhorns on Tuesday notched his 4th win over a Top 10 opponent since taking the reins in Palo Alto in 2008.

The Longhorns next face the Rice Owls on December 29th in Austin before beginning Big 12 play against Texas Tech on January 3rd.

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That was a very frustrating game to watch. Texas obviously had the better talent, but they gave up too many second chance points off of Stanford offensive rebounds, not to mention the turnovers. The big men really missed the mark in the first half by losing out on rebounds.


On top of that, Brown and Randall for Stanford couldn't miss. It was basically a perfect storm that resulted in an overtime loss. We can play better. Barnes no doubt will make sure we use it as a learning experience.

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It was a frustrating game to watch and an unnecessary loss to an unranked team. 


The Horns seemed very flat at times.  Maybe because Cardinal was not ranked, they were playing at home, time with family coming up, etc., etc., but give Stanford credit - they came to play. 


At times it seemed like Stanford could not miss a shot and when they did they usually got the rebound.  Turnovers WERE killers - I am not a basketball guy, but I have thought or maybe I heard someone more knowledgeable about BB than me say multiple  turnovers (like in this game) are usually a sign you are not focused properly or 100% ready to play.   If that is generally true, then perhaps the team was not mentally prepared to play last night :(

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