clear
Wednesday December 12th, 2018 9:16AM

Radford stuns No. 17 Texas on Jones layup 62-59

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Big school schedulers are probably second-guessing themselves for calling tiny Radford for a game.

If the head coaches weren't such good friends, Texas would probably rather never see the Highlanders ever again.

Carlik Jones made a spinning, scoop layup, then followed it with a free throw with 24.5 seconds left, sending Radford to a 62-59 upset of the No. 17 Longhorns on Friday night, earning the Highlanders the program's first ever win over a ranked opponent.

Radford already beat Notre Dame this season and with road games and Clemson and Maryland still on the schedule in December, it's a sure bet those schools will be scouting the Highlanders from the Big South Conference harder than they ever thought they'd have to.

"The stretch we have right now is suicidal," Radford coach Mike Jones said. "At the end of the day, these games don't matter as much as our league does ... The statement is if we are locked in for 40 minutes ... we can (win)."

The smaller Highlanders (6-1) matched Texas' 44 rebounds, turned the ball over just eight times against Texas full- and half-court pressure defense and made got stop after stop on defense even when their own shots weren't going down in the second half.

Jones' tough layup around Texas guard Kerwin Roach II came after Jericho Sims had put Texas ahead 59-58 with 1 minute left. Roach misfired a 3-pointer that was rebounded by Radford's Devin Hutchinson, who made one of two free throws.

Texas set up guard Jase Febres for a 3-pointer to tie, but he missed badly on the final shot that Hutchinson rebounded to end the game. Jones' layup was one of just three Radford field goals over the final 8:57. Ed Polite Jr. scored 11 to lead Radford.

"He's just got toughness and belief in his ability," Mike Jones said of Carlik Jones.

Sims led Texas with 16 points Dylan Osetkowski grabbed 17 rebounds for the Longhorns. Texas (5-2) missed 10 of 20 free throws and went 5 of 27 from 3-point range.

Longhorns coach Shaka Smart seethed after the loss that came just as his program was gaining momentum. After starting the season unranked, a 5-0 start that included an impressive win over North Carolina had earned Texas it's highest ranking in his four seasons with the Longhorns.

Smart used the word "disappointing" a half-dozen times and questioned which team he really has: The one that beat North Carolina or the one that lost at home to Radford.

"The second half they were the aggressors," Smart said. "We've been in some big games against opponents that maybe our guys circle, but every game counts. I bet Radford circled this one".

BIG PICTURE

Radford: The Highlanders have big plans for last season's Big South tournament champions. Radford made the NCAA Tournament last season and have an experienced lineup full of juniors and seniors. But they're small with only three players at least 6-foot-7 and no one taller than 6-8.

Texas: The Longhorns had every advantage in size, speed and swagger. But they lacked any scoring punch from seniors Roach and Ostekowski. Roach came in averaging 18.6 points but had a miserable game with 2 of 12 shooting. Osetkowski was 4 of 15. Together they were 2 of 14 from long range and Roach also had three turnovers.

"We played good defense," Roach said. "Somebody had to step up. Looking at me as a senior, to find a way to win."

FAMILIAR FOES

Smart is on a two-game swing against his former Virginia Commonwealth assistants who were with him when the Rams went to the Final Four in 2011. Mike Jones was with Smart from 2009-2011. Texas next plays VCU at home and Rams coach Mike Rhoades was with Smart at VCU from 2009-2014.

"I've never felt as badly about a win in my life as I do right now," Jones said. "I love the guy and his family. He's done so much to help my career. This is a really weird feeling."

SIMS SURGE

A good sign for Texas was the best game of the season from Sims, who had been expected to make a splash as a sophomore but had a quiet start to the season. Sims made several strong moves for dunks and looked ready to take the game on his wide shoulders near the end with the slam that gave Texas the lead. But Texas didn't go back to him when down by two and Roach missed his final 3-pointer.

SURVIVING THE PRESS

Texas' pressing defense had been forcing an average of 19 turnovers per game. It worked early against Radford as Texas forced several in building a 12-point lead in the first half. But Radford quickly adjusted and had just three turnovers in the second half. That kept Texas playing in a half-court game on a night the Longhorns were struggling to shoot and prevented any easy breakaway baskets.

UP NEXT

Radford plays at James Madison on Dec. 4

Texas hosts VCU on Dec. 5.

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Sports, AP Online Basketball, College Sports, AP Sports - Men's College Basketball
© Copyright 2018 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Radford stuns No. 17 Texas on Jones layup 62-59
Carlik Jones made a spinning layup in the lane and a free throw with 24.5 seconds left,send ing Radford to a 62-59 upset of No. 17 Texas on Friday night
9:25PM ( 13 minutes ago )
Grand jury: Dallas officer's shooting of neighbor was murder
Grand jury: White Dallas officer's shooting of black neighbor was murder
9:19PM ( 19 minutes ago )
Back-to-back earthquakes shatter roads and windows in Alaska
Back-to-back earthquakes measuring 7.0 and 5.7 have rocked buildings and shattered roads in Anchorage, Alaska
9:19PM ( 19 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
FanDuel pays out bets on Alabama to win title ahead of game
FanDuel sportsbook is paying out bets from people who picked Alabama to win the college football national championship _ over a month before the game is played
8:32PM ( 1 hour ago )
Chiefs RB Hunt put on NFL exempt list after video surfaces
Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt was placed on the NFL's Commissioner Exemption List on Friday night after video surfaced of the reigning NFL rushing champion knocking over and kicking a woman in a Cleveland hotel hallway in February
8:31PM ( 1 hour ago )
Indians trade All-Star Gomes to Nationals
Cleveland dealt All-Star catcher Yan Gomes to the Washington Nationals for outfielder Daniel Jonson and right-hander Jefry Rodriguez
8:23PM ( 1 hour ago )
AP Sports
Brian Agler resigns as coach of WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks
Brian Agler, who led the Los Angeles Sparks to the WNBA championship in 2016, has resigned as coach after four years
3:34PM ( 6 hours ago )
No. 21 Buffalo beats Milwaukee in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Jeremy Harris scored 21 points, Nick Perkins added 20 with nine rebounds, and No. 21 Buffalo beat Milwaukee 96-77 in the Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic in Northern Ireland
1:15PM ( 8 hours ago )
9-year-old girl helps Stephen Curry fix online shoe access
Letter from 9-year-old girl helps Stephen Curry fix online shoe access to his Curry 5s for kids
11:34AM ( 10 hours ago )
AP Online Basketball
Pitt undaunted by many doubters in ACC title game vs Clemson
Pitt, with many doubting its chances against Clemson, has heard all this disrespect before
1:57PM ( 7 hours ago )
Johnson says he considered leaving Georgia Tech in 2016
Paul Johnson says he considered stepping down as Georgia Tech's coach in 2016 before finalizing decision
12:05PM ( 1 day ago )
Guy scores 18 as No. 4 Virginia beats No. 24 Maryland 76-71
Kyle Guy scored 18 points and No. 4 Virginia combined effective outside shooting with its usual stout defense to slip past 24th-ranked Maryland 76-71 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge
11:03PM ( 1 day ago )
College Sports
Loyola presents Final Four ring to Sister Jean
Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt now has a little bling to go along with the international attention she gained as the 98-year-old team chaplain during Loyola-Chicago's run to the NCAA Final Four
5:55PM ( 2 days ago )
Martin twins lead No. 5 Nevada over Loyola-Chicago 79-65
Caleb Martin had 21 points, twin brother Cody Martin scored 20 and No. 5 Nevada beat Loyola-Chicago 79-65 in an NCAA Tournament rematch
12:11AM ( 2 days ago )
Louisville upsets No. 9 Michigan State 82-78 in overtime
McMahon hits big free throws in OT, Louisville upsets No. 9 Michigan State 82-78 in ACC/Big Ten Challenge
12:00AM ( 2 days ago )
AP Sports - Men's College Basketball
Grand jury: Dallas officer's shooting of neighbor was murder
Grand jury: White Dallas officer's shooting of black neighbor was murder
9:19PM ( 19 minutes ago )
Back-to-back earthquakes shatter roads and windows in Alaska
Back-to-back earthquakes measuring 7.0 and 5.7 have rocked buildings and shattered roads in Anchorage, Alaska
9:19PM ( 19 minutes ago )
Trump administration vows to targets migrants in future
Homeland Security officials vowed Friday that in the future, all members of Central American migrant caravans who participate in "violent clashes" with border personnel will be fully prosecuted
9:09PM ( 29 minutes ago )
Chiefs cut Hunt after running back lands on NFL exempt list
The Kansas City Chiefs released running back Kareem Hunt after video surfaced that showed the NFL's reigning rushing champion knocking over and kicking a woman in a Cleveland hotel hallway in February
9:06PM ( 32 minutes ago )
Suspended shortstop Russell offered 2019 contract by Cubs
The Chicago Cubs have offered suspended shortstop Addison Russell a 2019 contract while maintaining his future with the team is not uncertain
9:04PM ( 35 minutes ago )