Sooners Fall to Texas in Austin

The Sooners' conference losing streak has now reached 11 games, the longest such streak in 80 years, as they dropped a 66-46 decision to the Texas Longhorns Saturday afternoon in front of 13,196 at the Erwin Center.

"Congrats to Texas," said OU head coach Jeff Capel. "[They're a] good team, very physical. I thought they did a lot of good things out there today. It's going to be tough for us to beat anyone if we don't make shots. I thought though we didn't make shots in the first half, we were right there at halftime. I thought we created that for it to only be an eight point game. At half time I thought we had the pace needed to win this game."

In fact, although the Sooners only shot 39.1 percent in the first 20 minutes, they forced seven Texas turnovers, preventing the ‘Horns from gaining a ton of momentum and making it only a 27-19 deficit instead of being worse than that.

After the half, things changed, as Texas took over.

It started immediately, as OU committed a turnover on the inbound play to start the second half.

"And then, to get the awful start we had in the second half is mind boggling to me," Capel said. "It's a simple getting the ball and bounce and they turned it right back over. What that does is it invites the crowd to get into it, it got [Dogus] Balbay more excited. It got the team more excited, and it changed the pace of the game there for a little bit."

Within a matter of minutes, UT extended their lead to 13, and OU never got within single digits again.

In fact, after the 10:42 mark, the Sooners never got closer than 15 again.

UT outshot OU 45.3 percent to 39.2 percent and hit seven 3-pointers to only one for the visitors.

Perhaps the one bright spot for the Sooners was the rebounding battle, where they competed and only lost by one board, 33-32

Forward Andrew Fitzgerald led the Sooners and was the only OU player in double figures with 18.

Guard Jordan Hamilton led four Longhorns in double figures with 17, while forwards Tristan Thompson and Gary Johnson and guard Cory Joseph added 15, 14 and 12, respectively.

With the loss, OU now falls to 8-9 overall, 0-3 in the conference and returns home to play Texas Tech at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Lloyd Noble Center.

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