Four In A Row

NORMAN, Okla. — Texas won just three of its first nine games in conference play. Now, after their 69-58 win Tuesday night, the Longhorns have won each of their last four.

The Longhorns have almost made a habit of rebounding from first-half deficits, and they trailed by a game-high eight points with just 38 seconds to halftime at 33-25. But the Longhorns, as they have in recent contests, were able to rebound in the second half, taking the lead for good at the 14:38 mark when J'Covan Brown canned a three-pointer.

Brown's three was the start of a 19-5 run that put the Longhorns up 12 at 54-42 with just under 11 minutes remaining. The Longhorns were largely able to keep the Sooners at arm's rest from that point on, with Oklahoma creeping to its closest at six points twice, including for the last time at the five-minute mark. But Alexis Wangmene hit a free throw, Brown hit two freebies and any sort of danger was avoided.

After trailing 33-28 at halftime, the Longhorns won the second stanza by a 41-25 margin. That was largely thanks to a huge advantage at the free throw line, with Texas hitting 17-of-18 free throws in the second half, to a 1-of-2 mark by Oklahoma. The Longhorns also made 4-of-9 three-pointers in the second half, after shooting an ice-cold 1-of-10 in the first half.

Brown finished with 19 points, while Myck Kabongo scored 13 and dished out seven assists. Sheldon McClellan had another double-digit day with 13 points and five rebounds.

Steven Pledger scored 18 for the Sooners, but took 19 shots to get there. Romero Osby and Cameron Clark each had 13 points. Sam Grooms was 0-for-7 from the field, but dished out 10 assists.

For the second consecutive game, Texas owned a huge advantage at the free throw line, making 24-of-29 free throws to 5-of-8 for the Sooners.

Oklahoma is now 13-12 and 3-10 in Big 12 play. Texas has used a four-game winning streak to grab a winning record in league, ending the game at 17-9 and 7-6 in the Big 12. Texas will attempt to continue its streak on Saturday in Stillwater. Texas beat Oklahoma State 58-49 in Austin earlier this season.

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