Rodney Terry and No. 25 Texas basketball reeled in their first Big 12 win of the season on Jan. 9 on the road at Fifth Third Arena against the Cincinnati Bearcats. Texas got another clutch last-second game-winning basket from senior guard Max Abmas to get the win over Cincinnati.
This was a back and forth affair between the Longhorns and Bearcats in Cincinnati on this night. Texas and Cincinnati swapped the lead roughly a dozen times. And the game was tied over a dozen times.
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Neither team controlled this game for an extended stretch. And neither the Longhorns nor the Bearcats held a lead by double digits at any point.
Some big performances from two of Texas's biggest stars, efficiency from the free-throw line, and converting on Cincy turnovers won this game for the Longhorns. The clutch last-minute basket from Abmas notched the victory for the Longhorns.
This was big for the Longhorns to get the first Big 12 victory of the season. Texas was upset by double digits at home by the Texas Tech Red Raiders in the Big 12 opener on Jan. 6. A big road win like this one against Cincy can help the Longhorns build confidence for the rest of conference play.
Here's a look at two studs and one dud from the Longhorns' clutch 74-73 win on the road over Cincy on Jan. 9.
Stud: Max Abmas, G
For the second time this season, Abmas hit a clutch game-winning shot for the Longhorns against a major conference opponent.
The first came when Abmas nailed a buzz-beater jump shot in Texas's first game in the Empire Classic at MSG in New York City in November to beat the Louisville Cardinals.
Abmas continued to show the ice in his veins in this game, breaking out of his second-half scoring slump to nail the most important shot of the game for the Longhorns. Before hitting the game-winning basket for the Longhorns, Abmas was shooting 2-of-6 from the field for five points.
The complete body of work in this game for Abmas was pretty solid. It wasn't just the clutch game-winning basket that earned him a stud spot on this list. Abmas made significant contributions on both ends of the floor when it mattered in this game.
Abmas shot well from the field (6-of-14) and from deep (3-of-7) to get 15 points. It is the third game in a row that Abmas has scored at least 15 points.
But he did more than just score the basketball in this win over Cincy. Abmas also facilitated the offense efficiently, registering a team-high five assists and only two turnovers.
Three rebounds and one steal rounded out a solid two-way effort for Abmas on this night. This is the type of clutch performance the Longhorns expected from Abmas when he transferred from Oral Roberts during the offseason.