#14-ranked Abilene Christian forced #3 Texas to a first-round exit in the NCAA Tournament Saturday night, beating them 53-52.
The first half of the game stayed fairly close — with the biggest score gap between the teams being six points in Texas’ favor. At halftime, the score was sitting at 28-23, with Texas in the lead.
Then in the second half, the Longhorns were able to extend their lead to as much as nine points ahead of the Wildcats, but that was before ACU put up nine unanswered points. Texas was able to take the lead one more time in the game, this time from a three-point jumper by Andrew Jones that put the Longhorns up 52-51 over their opponent with just 16 seconds left of regulation. But Abilene Christian had other plans.
After Damien Daniels missed a layup with two seconds left (due to a block by Texas’ Kai Jones), ACU’s Reggie Miller (And no, not that Reggie Miller) grabbed the offensive board. Miller was fouled and Joe Pleasant shot two dagger free throws with the clock stopped at two seconds left. And ultimately, it was those two clutch free throws that put ACU over the top to win the game. Final Score: ACU 53, Texas 52.