Longhorns Sweep Sooners

NORMAN, Okla. -- The Texas Longhorns stormed out to an early double digit lead in the first seven-plus minutes, and that's all it took, as the Sooners never came within single digits again in falling 68-52 Wednesday night in front of 11,572 at Lloyd Noble Center in the second of two meetings this season between the two.

"First of all, Texas is very good," said OU head coach Jeff Capel. "They're the best team we've played all year by far. I think they have all the ingredients to really make a deep run. I thought we competed. We just--they're just better than us."

And they were from the very beginning.

After the Sooners won the opening tip, guard Steven Pledger blew a layup, one of several in the game, and OU never had a chance to take the lead again.

"I think 12 shots is fine," Pledger said. "It's just the layups that I was missing. If I make those layups, the game turns around."

UT scored the game's first six points before OU even got on the board.

The Sooners closed it to 8-4, but that's when the ‘Horns took major command with a 12-2 run that opened up a 14-point advantage at 20-6.

OU never got closer than 11 again, as they trailed 44-28 at intermission.

From that point on, the Sooners never sniffed less than a 14-point deficit, as UT led by as much as 22 with 12:00 remaining.

The story of the game was really just OU's inability to generate any type of offense, and UT's ability to do so at will.

OU shot only 32.1 percent.

"It's pretty tough," said guard Cade Davis. "They pressure really well on the defensive end, they get out in the passing lanes and take away angles and things like that."

On the other hand, UT finished at 53.2 percent.

"I just think on our offense now--we switched it up from last year," said UT guard Jordan Hamilton, who led all scorers with 20 points. "These guys do a great job of screening and Dogus [Balbay] does a great job of finding me out there. I think we've just been executing lately and making shots."

And the ‘Horns were a scorching 63 percent in the first half.

It also didn't help that the Sooners were dominated on the boards.

Although OU committed six fewer turnovers (eight compared to UT's 14), it lost the rebounding battle 38-27, the eighth time in nine conference games it's turned out that way.

Forward Andrew Fitzgerald led OU with 16 points, while Pledger was the only other Sooner in double figures at 13.

All the Longhorn starters finished in double digits, as Hamilton led the way, while forward Gary Johnson, Balbay, forward Tristan Thompson and guard Cory Joseph had 14, 12, 11 and 11, respectively.

OU (12-11, 4-5 Big 12) now hits the road again for a 12:30 p.m. Saturday showdown with the Missouri Tigers in Columbia, Mo., while UT returns home to face Baylor at 3 p.m. Saturday.

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