Texas responds to Andrew Jones' cancer diagnosis with emotional 2OT win

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It took two overtimes, a go-ahead free throw from a 39 percent foul shooter and a missed layup at the buzzer from TCU, but the Longhorns came away with a hard-fought 99-98 win at home.

During the day, the school announced the awful news that sophomore Andrew Jones had been diagnosed with leukemia.

And as soon as it was over, the emotions of the day poured onto the court. He logged only nine minutes against Kansas on December 29, prompting Smart to note that he looked winded and needed to get back into game shape. I'm really proud of the way they fought. "Our guys really fed off of his spirit tonight". I hope Drew's listening right now.

In a statement, the school said Jones, a former Irving MacArthur standout, had begun treatment and asked the public to keep Jones in its thoughts and prayers.

"Andrew's the best fighter on our team". After the thrilling win, Texas players held up Jones' jersey, while Smart was seen tearing up during "The Eyes of Texas". "He's obviously just starting his fight, but nobody I know is a stronger fighter than him". Osetkowski added 20 points, Coleman hit for 17 and dished out 12 assists, and Mohamed Bamba scored 10 points, grabbed nine rebounds and blocked five shots for Texas.

Texas guard Eric Davis Jr.

Jones was Texas' leading scorer before the wrist injury and is now averaging 13.5 points a game while shooting 52.2 percent from the field and 46.3 percent on three pointers.

All of those things felt secondary on Wednesday night though.

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