This one was for Andrew.
Minutes after stunning No. 16 TCU, 99-98, in double overtime, teary-eyed Texas players held up Andrew Jones’ No. 1 jersey during postgame celebrations Wednesday.
The school announced only hours prior that Jones was recently diagnosed with leukemia after undergoing a number of tests over the past week.
Texas coach Shaka Smart and a number of players were visibly emotional after the win.
“Our guys really wanted to win for Andrew. He’s the one that’s been on our minds and in our hearts,” Smart told ESPN after the game. “I’m really proud of the way they fought. I hope ‘Drew is listening right now. I hope he knows we love him.”
Jones ranked second on the team in scoring. He previously flirted with leaving for the NBA Draft last year before deciding to return for his sophomore season.
Texas previously announced they will begin wearing “AJ1” patches on their basketball jerseys to honor Jones.
Texas guard Eric Davis Jr. (l.) and forward Dylan Osetkowski hold up Andrew Jones’ jersey during the school song following their win over TCU.
The Longhorns nearly let the win slip through grasps after trailing 94-90 at one point in the second overtime. Texas was able to storm back and tie the game at 98 before small forward Jericho Sims converted the decisive free throw with five seconds left to seal the Longhorns’ win.
The win over TCU was Texas’ biggest of the season and improves the Longhorns’ record to 11-5 and 2-2 in conference play.
Source: Ny Daily News