Students flock to Toyota Center for Lone Star Shootout, presented by 811

Photo credit: Lone Star Shootout Presented by 811

HOUSTON — Students flocked to the Toyota Center Saturday to cheer for their team in a doubleheader matchup between Texas A&M vs. Arizona, and University of Texas vs. Arkansas. Thanks to 811, the national organization designated by the FCC to prevent unintentional strike of underground utility lines while digging, students from the four universities were able to attend the Lone Star Shootout for free.

“As the presenting sponsor of the Lone Star Shootout, we were thrilled to be able to offer students from each participating school – Texas A&M, University of Arkansas, University of Arizona and University of Texas – free tickets to the doubleheader basketball game in Houston. The 811 team takes enormous pride in supporting our community. We hope that events like the Lone Star Shootout will continue spreading awareness of 811 and the importance of calling before you dig.” – Geoffrey Gauthier, facilities manager for Shell Pipeline Company and 811 spokesperson.

A total of 432 comp tickets were given out to students who showed their student ID and driver’s license at the box office.

And how did it all turn out?

Arizona beat Texas A&M 67-63 and the Arkansas Razorbacks beat Texas 77-74.

Gauthier, presented the MVP trophy at the finale of the doubleheader to Arkansas junior guard, Daryl Macon, who scored a career-high 23 points and made all 14 free throw attempts.