AUSTIN — Cameron Ridley made two free throws and big defensive play in the final 35 seconds, sending Texas to its first Big 12 win of the season Saturday night.
Texas trailed by one when Ridley altered a shot and hustled down the floor for an offensive rebound before he was fouled. His two free throws put Texas ahead 65-64 with 31 seconds left.
Texas Tech had a chance to win. Jaye Crockett missed a jumper. Jonathan Holmes grabbed the rebound, then made two free throws with 1 second left.
Texas (12-4, 1-2) desperately needed the win. The Longhorns started 0-5 in conference play last season and never recovered, tailing off into the program’s first losing season in 15 years. A similar start might have doomed coach Rick Barnes’ rebuilding project.
Isaiah Taylor scored 14 points to lead Texas.
Crockett and Robert Turner each scored 19 points for Texas Tech (8-8, 0-3).