Texas Continues Hot Streak, Beats Oklahoma

Texas used hot shooting in the first half to take a double-digit lead at Oklahoma Wednesday. Then the Longhorns ratcheted up the defense to keep it there.

The ensuing 68-52 victory not only moved the Longhorns' (21-3) conference record to a sparkling 9-0, but also marked the ninth consecutive conference game that Texas won by double-digits.

Like most of the previous efforts, Texas jumped out to a hot start, holding OU to a 4-for-17 shooting effort from the outset and taking a 23-8 lead. The Sooners improved their shooting over the course of the half, but the halftime margin sat at 44-28 thanks to the Longhorns hitting 63 percent from the field and 50 percent from three in the half. Jordan Hamilton and Dogus Balbay each scored in double-digits in the stanza.

In the second half, the Longhorns' shooting dropped to 40 percent, but it didn't seem to matter, thanks to a defense that held OU to 26.9 percent from the field, nearly 10 percent worse than the Sooners shot in the first half. That served to keep Oklahoma at arm's length for the rest of the game, with the Sooners coming no closer than 14 points and Texas leading by as many as 22 at the 12 minute mark.

All five starters scored in double-figures for Texas, with the Longhorn first-stringers combining to shoot 62.5 percent. That performance was needed, with the Longhorns' bench shooting 0-7 and failing to score any points. Hamilton scored 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds, while Gary Johnson chipped in with 15, six rebounds and four assists. Balbay score 12 on 5-of-6 shooting, while freshmen Cory Joseph and Tristan Thompson each scored 11.

Andrew Fitzgerald had 16 points and Steven Pledger scored 13 for the Sooners, who let in fans for free to compensate for the poor weather.

Oklahoma fell to 12-11 and 4-5 with the loss.

Texas will next be in action at home against Baylor on Saturday.

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