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Cincinnati holds off Texas 65-59 in NCAA tourney

By Beth Rucker

Associated Press

Published: Friday, March 16 2012 12:50 p.m. MDT

Cincinnati head coach Mick Cronin yells to his players in the first half of a second-round NCAA college basketball tournament game against Texas on Friday, March 16, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn.

Mark Humphrey, Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Yancy Gates had 15 points and 10 rebounds as Cincinnati withstood a late rally by Texas to win 65-59 on Friday in the second round of the NCAA tournament's East Regional.

The sixth-seeded Bearcats (25-10) jumped out to a 16-2 lead while Texas opened the game 1 of 14 and hit 16 percent for the entire first half.

After trailing 31-17 at halftime, the Longhorns attacked, hitting five of their first seven from 3-point range.

With 3:44 to play, Texas' Jonathan Holmes hit a layup to tie it at 52, but the Longhorns would get no closer. Gates hit a shot over Clint Chapman's head with 1:11 to give Cincinnati a 58-52 lead, and the Bearcats hit five free throws in the final 36 seconds.

J'Covan Brown led No. 11 seed Texas (20-14) with 19 points, and Chapman had 10 points and 14 rebounds.

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