Red River Sweep

Using a bevy of first-half Texas turnovers and a sweet-shooting second half, Oklahoma glided past Texas 77-65 on Saturday, creating a four-way tie for second place in the Big 12.

There's just something about going on the road for this Texas team. The Longhorns haven't won away from the Frank Erwin Center since the start of February, taking their fourth consecutive road loss in a 77-65 defeat at Oklahoma.

The Longhorns didn't play especially well in the first half, committing 12 first-half turnovers. But they trailed by just seven points at 32-25 in part because Oklahoma, typically an excellent shooting team, made just 11-of-31 first-half shots.

In the second half, Texas gained a better hold of the ball with just four turnovers, but the 'Horns couldn't catch a Sooner team that re-found its shooting touch. Oklahoma made 46.4 percent of its shots in the second half, including a 5-for-11 shooting performance from three. A three-pointer from Buddy Hield put Oklahoma up 42-31 with 15:42 left, and the Sooners kept the Longhorns at arm's length the rest of the game.

Isaiah Cousins had 24 points and Buddy Hield scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Both players had three steals as well.

Oklahoma had just eight steals, with Texas committing another eight turnovers on its own. Those turnovers, when added to a 3-for-19 night from behind the arc, led to Texas scoring just 0.97 points per possession despite going up against one of the Big 12's weaker defenses. Oklahoma was at 1.15 for the game.

Cameron Ridley was the Longhorns' top player, scoring 19 points and grabbing 14 rebounds in the loss.

Texas's loss, when paired with Iowa State's loss, gives Kansas the outright Big 12 title and leaves a total logjam at the 2-5 spots in the league. Four teams — Iowa State, Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas State — are now 10-6 in the league with two games remaining. If the standings were to stay the same, Texas would be a No. 4 seed in the upcoming Big 12 Tournament, behind Kansas, Iowa State and Oklahoma.

Texas isn't in action again until 7 p.m. Wednesday, when the Longhorns host TCU in Texas's final home game of the season. The 'Horns then close out the season at Texas Tech.

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