No. 12 Texas honors slain Houston Christian star Darius Lee

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Texas guard Arterio Morris (2) celebrates a score with teammates Marcus Carr (5) and Dylan Disu (1) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Houston Christian, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The No. 12 Texas Longhorns honored slain Houston Christian star Darius Lee before the teams played Thursday night, a tribute planned by the players.

Lee was killed last June in a shooting in his hometown of New York City.

Lee was set to graduate in December

Lee, a 21-year-old senior who had been set to graduate in December, led the team in scoring and rebounding last season when it was known as Houston Baptist.

Spring Hill

The Longhorns came onto the court for warmups wearing shirts in Texas school colors with Lee’s name and his No. 23. Texas players then gave the shirts to Houston Christian players. Huskies players also wore shirts honoring Lee. Texas coach Chris Beard praised his players for coming up with the idea. Texas won the game, 82-31.