Led by Kerwin Roach’s facilitating and Tevin Mack’s scoring, the ‘Horns beat the Cowboys thanks to ball movement and timely defense.
Texas made the right basketball play tonight more so than any game this year.
The team played with passion, togetherness and belief.
The Longhorns played with an urgency that Shaka Smart and Texas fans have been clamoring for.
Texas might have found their PG. Roach’s vision and passing led to 11 points, six assists and five rebounds.
Roach was decisive and accurate. He looked like a different player, getting everyone involved.
Mack continued his trend of slow starts, scoring his eighth point with 2:57 left in the first half. Mack then exploded for 19 points over the final 23 minutes to finish with 27 points.
Eric Davis had his best game of the season (considering the stakes), scoring 14 of his 16 points in the second half (5-of-8 on FGs).
Coming into tonight, Oklahoma State averaged 91.9 ppg, 4th nationally. Texas’ defense held Oklahoma State to 79 points (13 points below their average).
Oklahoma State shot 32 percent on 3-PT FGs and 38 percent from the field in the second half.
UT accomplished this by playing good help defense, challenging shots at the rim and hustling. There’s plenty to work on but it was a step in the right direction.
In the first half, Texas took ill advised shots, leading to 36 percent shooting from the field and 3-11 from three.
Due to unselfish play and decisive ball movement the 'Horns shot 52 percent in the second half including 4-of-8 from three.
Texas only had 11 turnovers and Oklahoma State only finished with nine fast break points.
Coach Smart has stressed quality shots, valuing the ball and a team first attitude. The message finally got through.
Texas pushed the ball with great pace while maintaining control. Due to Roach's quick thinking, Texas even managed to get an easy layup immediately after an Oklahoma State basket.
Oklahoma State led 50-46 four minutes into the second half. Fueled by Mack's 8 points, Texas went on a 15-0 run.
Oklahoma State countered with a 7-0 run of it’s own but never regained the lead.
Allen had a poor game statistically with three turnovers and 8 points on 2-of-7 shooting.
Allen showed resolve however with 11 rebounds, two blocks, numerous altered shots and a few crucial FTs.
And One...A Final Thought
If Texas can bottle this up, they can do some damage this year. The question is, can they sustain this level of play and build on it? Texas has struggled this year putting multiple solid performances together. A coming of age moment, or a mirage?
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