Norman, Okla. — Oklahoma's postseason hopes continued to fade Saturday as they dropped their fourth-straight game with a 68-58 loss to Texas.
The 19th-ranked Longhorns jumped out to a 9-0 lead and scored the nets shooting 61.5 percent (8-13) from the 3-point line to build a 41-28 halftime lead.
The second half was a different story as the Longhorns made just two field goals, but they feasted from the free throw line making 22 of their 30 attempts while the Sooners were attempted just nine shots from the charity stripe in the second half.
Yet despite the disparity from the free throw line, the Sooners didn't help themselves make a second-half comeback as they were shot 29 percent from the field and 28.6 percent from 3-point range in the final 20 minutes.
For the game, Oklahoma shot just 33.9 percent to Texas' 40.9 percent and they were outrebounded 39-43. However, the difference in the game was at the free throw line where the Longhorns made 10 more free throws (23) than the Sooners attempted (13).
Kevin Durant led the Longhorns with 32 points, while Austin Johnson came off the bench to lead OU with 14.
Durant, a true freshman from Suitland, Md., was almost unstoppable scoring 19 first-half points and finished the game 9-for-14 from the field, 5-for-6 from 3-point range and 9-for-10 from the free throw line.
With the loss, the Sooners fall to 15-12 overall and 6-8 in Big 12 play. They are currently tied for sixth-place in the conference standings with Missouri.
Oklahoma will return to the Lloyd Noble Center Monday night for a showdown against Kansas. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m.
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MBB Final: Texas 68 Oklahoma 58
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