Texas forward Timmy Allen gave the Longhorns a 42-25 halftime lead on an unlikely halftime buzzer-beater in the Sweet 16 on Friday night.
Allen had eight points and four rebounds in the first half of the game, as Texas shot 53.1 percent from the floor and held Xavier to 27.3 percent shooting.
But his halfcourt shot was his biggest. At the time, Texas was up 39-25 and Xavier had just missed a chance to cut the Texas lead on the other end.
Allen was able to rebound the ball out of a crowd and dribble up the floor with seconds left. He gathered the ball at halfcourt and sent up a heave. The ball hit the backboard and went through the basket as the buzzer sounded.
It was a big deal for Allen, too. It was just this third 3-pointer of the game.
Texas was the highest remaining seed in the NCAA Tournament by the time it tipped off. Both of the remaining No. 1 seeds — Alabama and Houston — lost. That means that for the first time in NCAA Tournament history there will be no No. 1 seed in the Elite Eight.
Texas played most of the first half without forward Dylan Disu, who left Friday’s game after he aggravated a bone bruise 90 seconds into the game. Disu suffered the injury during Thursday’s practice and tried to play with it.
But he came down awkwardly trying to go up for a rebound and left the game after being hit in the face on the same play. He left the game, went to the locker room and returned a few minutes later in a walking boot. Texas ruled him out of for the game.
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