The Texas Longhorns were unable to overcome the Seton Hall Pirates, as the Longhorns fell, 64-60, in the latest game in the Big 12-Big East Battle on Thursday night.
With that result, the Big East is now up 5-3 in the annual set of games between the two conferences. The Big 12 needs to win the final two matchups in order to force a tie.
No. 7 Texas (6-2) went seven minutes and 20 seconds without a point late in the second half, but even after forward Timmy Allen ended the drought with 52 seconds left, Texas was down only a point, thanks to its stifling defense.
But No. 23 Seton Hall (8-1) got a 3-pointer and two made free throws from Bryce Aiken in the final minute to preserve the Pirates’ second win over a Top 10 team this season.
Tre Mitchell and Allen both had double-doubles for Texas, as Mitchell scored a team-leading 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, while Allen scored 17 points and grabbed a team-leading 12 rebounds. Marcus Carr added 10 points and had three assists.
Alexis Yetna had a double-double for Seton Hall, with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Jared Rhoden led the Pirates with 18 points, while Myles Cale added 10 points.
The Longhorns have four non-conference games left, beginning with Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Tuesday. After that, the Longhorns face Stanford on Dec. 19 at the Pac-12 Coast-to-Coast Challenge in Las Vegas, host Rice on Dec. 22 and host Incarnate Word on Dec. 28. After that, Texas opens Big 12 play on New Year’s Day when it hosts West Virginia.
The next Big 12-Big East Battle game is Sunday and features No. 2 Baylor hosting No. 6 Villanova.
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Wednesday, December 1
Providence 72, Texas Tech 68
Friday, December 3
Kansas 95, St. John’s 75
Saturday, December 4
Iowa State 64, Creighton 58
Sunday, December 5
Xavier 77, Oklahoma State 71
Tuesday, December 7
Butler 66, Oklahoma 62 (OT)
Wednesday, December 8
West Virginia 56, UConn 53
Marquette 64, Kansas State 63
Thursday, December 9
Seton Hall 64, Texas 60 (Big East Up, 5-3)
Sunday, December 12
Villanova at Baylor, 2 p.m., ABC
Friday, December 18
TCU at Georgetown, 1 p.m., FS1
All times central