Texas' Big Monday showdown with rival Oklahoma was the kind of game the Longhorns had perfected losing in the final minutes this season.
A 10-point lead at home with 9:21 left had evaporated amid a sudden rash of turnovers and missed free throws that allowed the Sooners to take a five-point lead (83-78) with 19 seconds to play in a slugfest between the Big 12's bottom dwellers.
Like losses of three points or less this season to Michigan (53-50), Arkansas (77-74), Kansas State (65-62), TCU (64-61) and WVU (74-72), it appeared the Longhorns would once again come close but prove incapable of finishing.
And then Eric Davis, who had missed five straight 3s and has battled confidence issues all season, drained one from NBA range with 12 seconds left to cut OU's lead to 83-81. The Sooners' Kameron McGusty then missed two free throws with 10.6 seconds left, and Andrew Jones grabbed the rebound, dribbled up court and launched a heroic 3-pointer from NBA range - and hit it with 1.8 seconds to play, giving Texas an 84-83 lead.
OU's desperation heave at the buzzer missed badly, and Texas had finally gotten some pay off for showing improvement since leading scorer Tevin Mack's indefinite suspension three games ago - despite losing all three games (to WVU, at Baylor and at KU).
Jones' 3 with 1.8 seconds left - after some horrible, late-game management by Kerwin Roach and Shaka Smart.
Roach really struggled (3-of-13 FG, 1-4 3PT and 4-10 FT), including two missed FTs, two missed drives and a turnover - all in the final 3:17 of the game during OU's comeback - ignoring big man Shaq Cleare (23 points, 8 rebounds), who was on fire.
Smart had two timeouts when his team was coming unraveled and waited too long to finally use one - after his team fell behind by five with 35 seconds left. But Davis and Jones' 3s and McGusty's missed free throws for OU bailed Texas out.
Texas (8-12, 2-6 Big 12) snapped a five-game losing streak with the win over Oklahoma (8-11, 2-6) and next plays at Georgia (12-7, 4-3 SEC) in the Big 12-SEC Challenge on Saturday.
Game balls to Shaq Cleare (23 points, 8 rebounds), Eric Davis (18 points), who started off 4-of-5 from 3, then missed five 3s, before hitting his biggest 3 of the night with 12 seconds left, and Andrew Jones (16 points on 5-of-7 FG, 3-3 3PT).
Texas' star freshman big man Jarrett Allen, who had a career-high 22 points and 19 rebounds (along with six turnovers) in a 79-67 loss at Kansas on Saturday, finished with a double-double (10 points, 12 rebounds). But struggled all night on 3-of-13 FG with five turnovers.
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