January 31, 2023

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas had pushed Creighton’s shooters into a miserable night, only to see a late barrage of three-pointers start rushing.

An 11-point lead the Longhorns had shrunk to three.

That didn’t bother Marcus Carr and the second-placed Longhorns, who used big late shots of their own and steady free throws to pull off another impressive preseason win, 72-67 over the seventh-placed Bluejays on Thursday night.

Carr scored 19 points and grabbed two free throws with 10 seconds remaining as Texas fended off Creighton’s furious late-game rally.

Creighton struggled through a pathetic three-point shooting night but drew within 62-59, thanks in part to five straight points from Baylor Scheierman. Carr’s baseline jump and an easy layup by Tyrese Hunter when Creighton lost him on an inbound pass with 46 seconds remaining put the Longhorns ahead again.

That didn’t quite close the door for Creighton, who received two more 3-pointers from Scheierman, who missed his first nine tries. That forced Texas to end it from the free throw line behind Carr and Brock Cunningham. Cunningham’s two free throws by 4 seconds were his only points of the game.

“There’s going to be a few times that one of us has to go down there and take some free throws,” Carr said. “We talk about it all the time.”

The matchup was part of the Big 12-Big East Battle and Texas earned its second win over a top 10 opponent in its new arena. The Longhorns (6-0) beat then-No. 2 Gonzaga on November 16 and have their highest rank since they were No. 1 in the 2009-2010 season.

“I don’t think we’ve proven anything,” said Texas coach Chris Beard. “We’re just a team trying to get better.”

Hunter scored 15 points for Texas.

Ryan Kalkbrenner had 20 points and 13 rebounds for Creighton (6-2) and Ryan Nembhard had 17 points. The Bluejays were 4 of 27 on three pointers.

Scheierman finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds.

In other top-25 men’s games Thursday night, Branden Carlson had 22 points and Utah handed No. 4 Arizona its first loss of the season, 81-66 in Salt Lake City in the Pac-12 opener for both teams. Carlson went 5 of 9 from three-point range. Rollie Worster had 12 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists for the Utes (6-2). Oumar Ballo led Arizona (6-1) with 22 points and seven rebounds. Azuolas Tubelis added 20 points for the Wildcats. … Jordan Hawkins scored a career-high 26 points to lead undefeated No. 8 UConn past Oklahoma State 74-64 in the Big East-Big 12 Battle at Storrs, Conn. Adama Sanogo added 20 points and Andre Jackson scored 11 for the Huskies (9-0). Kalib Boone scored 15 points to lead the Cowboys (5-3). … Kevin McCullar Jr. returning from injury and scoring 17 points with 10 rebounds, Jalen Wilson added 15 points and 13 boards, and ninth-seeded Kansas bowled to a 91-65 win over Seton Hall in Lawrence, Kansas Big East- Big 12 Battle. KJ Adams had 11 points, DaJuan Harris Jr. had 10 with seven assists, and Ernest Udeh Jr. also had 10 for the Jayhawks (8-1).

WOMEN

In Thursday’s top 25 women’s games, Mackenzie Holmes added 25 points, Sydney Parrish added 24 and No. 5 Indiana hit 12 three-pointers to defeat No. 6 North Carolina 87-63 in the ACC/Big Defeat Ten Challenge in Bloomington, Indiana. The Battle of the Undefeated had drastically different shooting nights. The Hoosiers got hot to improve to 8-0 and the Tar Heels didn’t drop to 6-1. Tar Heels junior guard Kennedy Todd Williams had 20 points. … Diamond Miller scored 31 points, including the game winner on the buzzer, to lead No. 20 Maryland to a 74-72 victory over seventh-ranked Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. Irish guard Sonia Cintron’s layup had equaled the game with 15 seconds left before Maryland held for the final shot. Miller hit a contested mid-range jumper just before time was up to give the Terrapins a win over a top 10 opponent. Maryland (7-2) clinched its first win over Notre Dame (6-1) since 2007. …Georgia Amoore had 24 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds as No. 9 Virginia Tech defeated Nebraska 85-54 ACC/Big Ten Challenge in Blacksburg, Virginia. Elizabeth Kitley added 24 points and 12 rebounds for the Hokies (7-0). Isabelle Bourne beat Nebraska (5-3) with 15 points and 12 rebounds. … Diamond Johnson and Saniya Rivers each scored 22 points to help No. 12 North Carolina State overcome a 45-point performance by Caitlin Clark and No. 10 Iowa 94-81 in an ACC/Big Beat Ten Challenge game in Iowa City. Iowa. Clark scored the Hawkeyes’ first nine points of the game and had the first 11 points of the fourth quarter as Iowa tried to recover from a 13-point deficit. The preseason All-American was 16 of 28 from the floor. … Alissa Pili scored 28 points on 12-of-16 shooting and No. 16 Utah rolled to a 109-42 win over Mississippi Valley State in the Pac-12/SWAC Legacy Series in Itta Bena, Miss. Gianna Kneepkens added 12 points for the Utes (7-0). … Kaylynne Truong had 21 points and seven assists, Yvonne Ejim added 19 points and nine rebounds as No. 23 Gonzaga defeated Stephen F. Austin 71-59 in Nacogdoches, Texas.

photo North Carolina’s Alyssa Ustby (1) shoots over Indiana’s Chloe Moore-McNeil (22) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Thursday, December 1, 2022 in Bloomington, Indiana (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) .
photo North Carolina’s Kennedy Todd-Williams (right) goes to the basket against Indiana’s Sara Scalia (14) in the first half of an NCAA collegiate basketball game on Thursday, December 1, 2022 in Bloomington, Indiana (AP Photo/ darron cummings
photo Indiana’s Chloe Moore-McNeil (22) is defended by North Carolina’s Eva Hodgson (10) during the first half of an NCAA collegiate basketball game Thursday, December 1, 2022 in Bloomington, Indiana (AP Photo/Darron Cummings ).
photo North Carolina’s Alyssa Ustby (1) shoots against Indiana’s Sydney Parrish, center left, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Thursday, December 1, 2022, in Bloomington, Indiana (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
photo Indiana’s coach Teri Moren screams during the first half of the team’s NCAA college basketball game against North Carolina on Thursday, December 1, 2022 in Bloomington, Indiana (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
photo Indiana’s Sara Scalia (14) plays the ball against North Carolina’s Deja Kelly (25) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Thursday, December 1, 2022 in Bloomington, Indiana (AP Photo/Darron Cummings).
photo North Carolina coach Courtney Banghart speaks with Deja Kelly during the first half of the team’s NCAA college basketball game against Indiana, Thursday, December 1, 2022, in Bloomington, Indiana (AP Photo/Darron Cummings).

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