Sooners outlast Texas in overtime

Oklahoma's Ebi Ere moves around Texas' Brandon Mouton in the first half in Oklahoma's 85-84 win over Texas

While No. 7 Oklahoma (17-3, 6-2) was in control of most of the game against Texas (14-7, 5-3), they lost complete control in the last three minutes. Backed by a slew of mental errors by the Sooners, the unranked Longhorns were able to erase a 17-point second-half deficit to push the game into overtime. The Sooners stood ground, however, and pulled out the 85-84 victory.

The first half wasn't impressive for either team on the offensive end. Oklahoma junior Hollis Price was his usual self and kept the Sooners in the contest with 10 points in the first 10 minutes of the half.

Not to be outdone, Texas made a 12-1 run to go up 27-23.

Oklahoma would fight right back and answer with a 10-0 run of their own to take a 33-27 halftime lead.

That momentum continued in the second half as Oklahoma junior Ebi Ere led the Sooners on a 13-2 run to grab hold of a 68-51 advantage. That hot shooting wouldn't last long.

Texas remained focused and continued to battle as the clock dwindled towards zero. That determination paid off as the Sooners committed a rash of ill-advised fouls, missed free-throws, and needless mental errors.

The unraveling by Oklahoma allowed the Horns to go on an improbable 8-0 run in less than a minute – the deficit was only four.

Oklahoma junior Quannas White would answer with a pull-up 6-footer to push the lead back to six.

The Sooner defense would stand its ground and regain possession. After a five-second call on the attempted inbound pass, Texas would score to cut the lead to 74-71.

On the next Sooner possession, Ere would be fouled and end up missing both shots from the line. After a flurry of attempts by Texas in the last 20 seconds, the Sooners' defense would remain tough until Brandon Mouton hit a game-tying three-pointer at the buzzer to send the game into overtime.

In the extra session, both teams would exchange baskets for much of the overtime period. Price hit what ended up being the winning basket with less than twenty seconds remaining. The Sooners would survive and escape Austin with an electrifying 85-84 win.

The game wouldn't have been nearly as close if Oklahoma would not have gone 1-8 from the free throw line down the stretch.

Hollis Price finished the game with 25 points, including the game-winner. He had support, however, as Quannas White, Ebi Ere, and Aaron McGhee all finished with 16 points.

Brandon Mouton led all Texas scorers' with 26 points.

Standout Texas freshman T.J. Ford would foul out in overtime and finish with 13 points, 4 rebounds, and 11 assists.

With the victory, Oklahoma moves into sole possession of second place in the conference. The win was Oklahoma's sixth straight against Texas.

The Sooners return home to host Baylor on Wednesday.

Price 9-19 3-4 25, Ere 6-11 1-4 16, White 7-13 1-2 16, McGhee 5-13 5-8 16, Detrick 4-7 2-2 11, Brown 0-3 1-2 1, Selvy 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 31-69 13-22 85.

TEXAS (14-7)
Mouton 10-18 1-2 26, Ivey 5-12 6-6 17, Ford 6-13 1-3 13, Thomas 4-9 4-6 12, Boddicker 4-9 2-2 11, Erskin 2-4 0-1 4, Klotz 0-1 0-0 0, Harris 0-1 0-0 0, Ross 0-2 0-0 0, Williams 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 31-69 15-22 84.

Halftime-Oklahoma 33, Texas 27. End of Regulation-Oklahoma 74, Texas 74. 3-Point goals-Oklahoma 10-22 (Price 4-9, Ere 3-6, Detrick 1-2, McGhee 1-2, White 1-3), Texas 7-19 (Mouton 5-8, Ivey 1-3, Boddicker 1-5, Harris 0-1, Ford 0-2). Fouled out-White, Ford. Rebounds-Oklahoma 40 (McGhee 11), Texas 45 (Thomas 14). Assists-Oklahoma 9 (White 3), Texas 18 (Ford 11). Total fouls-Oklahoma 21, Texas 21. A-14,055.=

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