Three years to the day since Texas coach Shaka Smart told his players that Andrew Jones had been diagnosed with leukemia, the junior guard put his latest stamp on what is turning into a special season for the Longhorns.
Jones hit a 3-pointer with 1.8 seconds left to lift the fourth-ranked Longhorns to a 72-70 victory over No. 14 West Virginia on Saturday in Morgantown, W.Va.
Courtney Ramey drove into the lane among four defenders before tossing the ball to Jones in the right corner for an uncontested shot after West Virginia’s Emmitt Matthews missed two free throws with 11 seconds left.
On Jan. 9, 2018, Smart told his players that Jones had been diagnosed with leukemia. Jones missed most of the next two seasons and completed his cancer treatments in September 2019.
On Saturday, Jones went over the 1,000-point mark for his career, joined Smart and his teammates in a postgame locker room dance, then got on Twitter to thank God “for even allowing me to be here and play the game that I love.”
No. 2 Baylor 67, TCU 49 — At Fort Worth, Texas: Jared Butler scored 28 points as Baylor responded from its first halftime deficit of the season to control the second half and beat TCU.
No. 6 Kansas 63, Oklahoma 59 — At Lawrence, Kan.: David McCormack scored 17 points and Ochai Agbaji added 14 as Kansas survived a battle with Oklahoma.
No. 7 Creighton 97, St. John’s 79 — At Omaha, Neb.: Denzel Mahoney scored a season-high 24 points to lead six players in double figures with Marcus Zegarowski out of the lineup, and Creighton pulled away early in a victory over St. John’s.
No. 9 Tennessee 68, Texas A&M 54 — At College Station, Texas: Santiago Vescovi scored a career-high 23 points, including six 3-pointers, despite a rough practice before the game to push Tennessee past Texas A&M.
No. 11 Houston 71, Tulane 50 — At Houston: Marcus Sasser scored 20 of his career-high 28 points in the first half to lead Houston past Tulane.
Ohio State 79, No. 15 Rutgers 68 — At Piscataway, N.J.: Duane Washington Jr. scored 17 points and Justice Sueing added 12 points, 10 rebounds and five assists as Ohio State closed the first half with a big run to beat Rutgers.
No. 21 Duke 79, Wake Forest 68 — At Durham, N.C.: Matthew Hurt scored a career-high 26 points and DJ Steward added 21 as Duke held off Wake Forest.
No. 22 Virginia 61, Boston College 49 — At Boston: Jay Huff matched his career-high with 18 points, adding eight rebounds as Virginia survived almost 9 minutes in the first half without scoring.
No. 22 Northwestern 77, Iowa 67 — At Evanston, Ill.: Monika Czinano registered a double-double with a career-high 28 points and 12 rebounds, but Iowa fell on the road against Northwestern.