Longhorns survive, advance with win over Oakland

Tristan Thompson had 17 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocked shots, and Texas survived a second-half comeback by high-scoring Oakland for an 85-81 victory in its NCAA tournament opener Friday.
Thompson controlled his head-to-head matchup with Summit League
Player of the Year Keith Benson much of the game. The Longhorns'
freshman standout also got plenty of help from Jordan Hamilton, his
frontcourt partner, who finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds.
The No. 4 seed Longhorns (28-7) led by 15 with less than 5
minutes remaining, but the Golden Grizzlies cut the lead to 80-75
with 1:23 left. Texas then hit five free throws in the final minute
to hold on for the win.
The Longhorns will play the Memphis-Arizona winner in the West
Regional.
Reggie Hamilton had 25 points to lead Oakland (25-10). Benson
finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds.



 
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