Sooners reach new low in loss to Texas

Texas hands Oklahoma the worst loss in series history, 66-37, Sunday in Austin. Oklahoma forward Johnnie Gilbert, right, struggles for control of the ball during first half. The Sooners shot just 26 percent from the field. (AP Photo/Harry Cabluck)

It didn't take long to figure out shortly after tip-off that Oklahoma's four-game winning streak was going to come to an end against Texas.

In fact, it only took eight minutes of the first half for Texas (16-3, 7-1) to build a double-digit lead and never look back, as they handed Oklahoma (14-5, 4-4) the worst loss in series history with their 66-37 win Sunday in Austin.

"Texas is a good team, but we're not nearly as bad as we played," said Oklahoma head coach Kelvin Sampson, whose Sooners shot just 26 percent from the field and 1 of 21 from 3-point range. "I thought we had some nervousness and apprehensiveness, and you just can't play that way."

Once again the problem for the Sooners was not only shooting, but scoring. In a season marred by poor scoring outputs, Oklahoma's 39 points on Sunday marks the first time since 1959 that they have failed to score 40 points.

"If someone told me that Texas would shoot 35 percent and only get 66 points, I would have said it was a hell of a game, but I never dreamed we would shoot 1-for-21 from the 3-point line," Sampson said. "I try to keep it simple and say that the ball didn't go in and it was just a bad offensive night."

Texas imposed their will on the Sooners early jumping out to an early 9-2 lead. Back-to-back steals and layups by Jason Detrick and and De'Angelo Alexander cut the lead to three with 13:55 to go, but that would be as close as the Sooners' would get as Texas responded with two consecutive three's by Kenny Taylor and the rout was on.

The Longhorns, who led by as many as 17 points in the first half and 30 in the second half, were led by Brian Boddicker and Brandon Mouton, who each scored 13 points. Texas only shot 35 percent from the field, but did manage to hit seven of their 12 three-pointers and 25-of-30 from the free throw line.

"Our young guys have been in environments like this; at Oklahoma State, Connecticut, Texas Tech and here," said Sampson. "But for some reason they were nervous and I could see that from the start because we weren't using our timeouts for x's and o's, but to settle them down and keep them calm."

"This was a great team win," said Texas Head Coach Rick Barnes. "I think this was our first game all year where we put it all together. Our defense was a huge factor. We scored a lot on their turnovers and everyone played hard, which is our identity."

De'Angelo Alexander, who came off the bench to lead the Sooners with 12 points, left the game early after injuring his ankle late in the second half. His status for Wednesday's home game against Texas Tech was unknown as of late Sunday afternoon.

"The team that wanted it more won, they played harder," said senior center Jabahri Brown, who fouled out after failing to grab a rebound and scoring just two points. "We just have to get back home and watch film to see what our mistakes were."

"We just didn't, as a team, get it done," said Sampson. "I was disappointed in our toughness an competitiveness. Over that four game winning streak I thought that was something we had improved in. We've got to put this behind us and find a way to hold serve at home. We've got five big home games coming up."

Tip-off for Wednesday's showdown with Texas Tech at the Lloyd Noble Center is set for 7 p.m.

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