TEXAS IMPROVES TO 20-11 WITH LATE RUN TO WIN AT OK STATE

With a 62-50 win at Oklahoma State, No. 23 Texas improves to 20-11 overall and 11-7 in Big 12 play and can finish anywhere from No. 3 in the league to No. 6 depending on how games finish over the weekend.

The Longhorns ended a rare Friday night game on a 10-0 run, getting a game-high 15 points from Kerwin Roach, who scored 9 of the Horns' last 12 points on a combination of aggressive drives and 3-pointers.

The win inside a mostly empty Gallager-Iba Arena in Stillwater was much like Texas' victory over Oklahoma last Saturday.

Against the Sooners in Austin, the Longhorns rode a 22-0 run from a 7-point deficit to a 13-point victory. Against Oklahoma State, Texas finished the game on a 16-2 run that turned a 48-46 OSU lead with 7:44 left into a 62-50 UT triumph.

In both games, Texas repeatedly attacked the basket on drives that appeared to draw contact but didn't get foul calls and often failed to convert the drive - until the bitter end.

The Longhorns converted their last 6 FG attempts, including a 3-point play by Prince Ibeh.

Ibeh, who was silent most of the game because of foul trouble, was a monster in the final 6:19 with the 3-point play, an offensive rebound that led to a basket, 3 blocks and a steal.

Ibeh's aggressive D was a big reason Oklahoma State hit only one of its last six FGs and failed to score a single point in the final 4:11. OSU turned the ball over four times in the final 7:44.

The Longhorns outscored OSU 9-1 in points off turnovers and dominated the points in the paint 34-20.

Isaiah Taylor added 12 points for Texas. Lleyton Hammonds

Regular season over.

On to Kansas City for the B12 tourney!

 


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