The victory notched another groove on the Longhorns' road belt, coming just a few days after the Longhorns won at Allen Fieldhouse. That victory ended Kansas's 69-game home winning streak. Earlier this season, Texas proved the spoiler to another streak, ending a long Michigan State string of mauling non-conference opponents.
For the second consecutive game, the Big 12-leading 'Horns (17-3, 5-0 Big 12) contended with an emotionally charged crowd, with the Cowboys (14-6, 2-4) recognizing the 10-year anniversary of a plane crash that killed 10 members of the basketball program.
That emotion spurred the Cowboys to a strong first half, keeping the Longhorns within arm's length and tied at 27-all. But then Texas went on one of its runs, cemented by two Jordan Hamilton three-pointers — one with two seconds left and a second right after halftime. The first shot gave Texas a 10-point halftime lead at 37-27.
The second three pointer ensured that momentum carried over to the second half, with Texas roaring to a 41-27 advantage. The Cowboys cut that lead to within seven at 41-34, but spent almost the entire half at arm's length, with Tristan Thompson scoring all 14 of his points in the second stanza.
Dogus Balbay scored all 10 of his points in a first half that saw Texas shoot 61.1 percent from the field and 80 percent from behind the arc. Balbay also had five rebounds, four assists, two steals and countless hustle plays. Hamilton led Texas with 11 rebounds, to go with his 12 points.
Oklahoma State was paced by 14 points and 11 rebounds from Marshall Moses. Jean-Paul Olukemi and Markel Brown had 13 and 12 points, respectively. The Longhorns shut out Keiton Page, who went 0-7 from the field, including 0-5 from behind the arc.
The Longhorns will return home on Saturday to face Missouri.