Archbishop Mitty led for most of the game, but the Harrison twins were too tough for Aaron Gordon and his California teammates Thursday night.
UK signee Aaron Harrison scored 26 points — including a game-winning runner in the final seconds — to give No. 11 Travis High a 56-53 victory over 10th-ranked Mitty in a made-for-ESPN matchup between two of the country’s best teams.
UK Coach John Calipari and assistants Orlando Antigua and Kenny Payne all made the trip to Texas for the game.
With Andrew Harrison clearly hobbled by an injured hamstring, Aaron had to provide much of the offense for Travis. The 6-foot-5 shooting guard was 7-for-29 from the floor and missed all of his three-point attempts. His step-back three at the end of regulation was no good, sending the game to overtime tied at 50.
But Aaron came through in the extra period.
He drove past Gordon — one of UK’s top 2013 targets — and hit a bank shot to give Travis a 54-53 lead with 15 seconds left. Aaron added two free throws with 3 seconds left to set the final margin. He was 12-for-14 from the line.
Gordon’s long three-pointer at the buzzer would have sent the game to a second overtime, but it rattled out. The 6-8 power forward finished with 14 points.
Known as one of the most prolific dunkers in high school, Gordon had several slams in the first half. He was trending nationwide on Twitter by halftime. Gordon added a couple of huge blocks in the second half, but Travis finally broke through in the final minutes of regulation.
Andrew Harrison, double teamed in the post, passed out to senior guard John Burnett, who buried a three-pointer to give Travis a 50-48 lead with a little more than 2 minutes left in regulation.
Andrew, who had missed the last two games and part of another with a hamstring injury, finished with 10 points. He was limping from the opening tip.
Aaron Harrison also went down late in the game — going to the floor with 1:54 left in the fourth quarter. He stayed down for several minutes, was treated for leg cramps and promptly returned to the contest a short time later.
The Hopson Field House in Missouri City, Texas was far from packed, with well over half of the 2,000 seats empty.
The Harrison twins played twice at the Marshall County Hoop Fest in Benton, Ky., earlier this month. Both of those games were attended by more than 5,000 fans.
Andrew Harrison appreciated the Kentucky hospitality at that event.
“Just the fact that a lot of people were actually rooting for us, it was nice for a change,” he said.
Travis High is not scheduled for any more national TV games this season. Gordon and Archbishop Mitty will play Lone Peak (Utah) on Jan. 21 on ESPNU.