OKLAHOMA CITY — The final game of any senior’s career is difficult. But never in their wildest dreams did five Texas players ever believe their careers would end like it did Friday in the NCAA Tournament.
UT’s Javan Felix and Connor Lammert both held back tears as they met with reporters after Paul Jesperson’s half-court stunner gave Northern Iowa a 75-73 win.
Felix, Lammert, Demarcus Holland, Prince Ibeh and Cam Ridley all played their final games in a UT uniform.
“It just hurts,” Felix said. “Then you immediately start thinking about all the work you put in, all the time you put in the gym, the countless hours, all the time you spend you spend with your teammates, the game you play, everything. You just think about it ending right there.
“It’s hard, it’s hard, especially for our seniors,” he added. “We’ve been through so much — so much. For it to just to end on a half-court shot, it just sucks.”
Lammert said he didn’t want to block Jesperson’s shot and risk getting called for a foul.
“These things happen. It sucks to have it happen to you,” Lammert said. “But I know this program is headed int the right direction under coach (Shaka) Smart. It sucks that I’m not going to be able to play for him anymore, but I’m certainly going to remember my time here. It’s pretty special.”
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