No. 7 OSU Upends No. 10 Texas, 76-67

No. 7 Oklahoma State dominated the boards and connected on twice as many free throws as Texas attempted to knock off the No. 10 Longhorns, 76-67, at Stillwater Monday. The loss offset a career high 19 points from junior C <B>Jason Klotz</B>.

The Horns are now 21-5 overall and 12-3 in Big 12 play. The Cowboys all but clinched their first outright conference hoops title since 1965. The Horns only hope of at least tying OSU for the conference title is the highly unlikely event that Texas A&M should actually win their first league game of the year in Stillwater on Saturday. The Cowboys will enjoy the top seed in the Big 12 Tournament, set for March 11-14 in Dallas while Texas has already clinched a first-round bye for the sixth straight time during the Rick Barnes era. The Horns will be the No. 2 seed in Dallas regardless of the outcome of the K-State game this Saturday, putting Texas in the 6 p.m. game on Friday, March 12, vs. the winner of the Thursday No. 7 vs. No. 10 game.

Texas' celebrated senior class came up small offensively as nearly all took questionable shots while none scored in double figures. Senior G Brandon Mouton, after averaging 23 points during the past five contests, was limited to six points (3-of-11 FG). Senior F Brian Boddicker had but three points (1-of-3), G Royal Ivey just five (2-of-6 FG) while C James Thomas (2 points) went without a FG for the second straight game. Freshman F P.J. Tucker was the only Horn other than Klotz to score in double figures with his 14 points (6-of-8 FG).

Texas entered the contest as the Big 12's top rebounding team but the Cowboys controlled the glass, 36-25. Oklahoma State also outrebounded Texas, 38-30, in handing the Horns their only home loss in 21 games last Jan. 24. Meanwhile, the Pokes converted 18-of-23 FT attempts while the Horns were all of 5-of-9 from the charity stripe.

The game was tied at 35 at the break but OSU opened the second half with a 15-3 run to take a commanding 50-38 lead with 14:11 remaining. The Horns committed three turnovers during their first three possessions of the second half. But after Tony Allen (19 points) picked up his fourth personal at the 8:01 mark, the Cowboys would tally just four points during the next five minutes as Klotz scored eight straight.

Tucker's turnaround jumper narrowed the margin, 62-61, completing a 12-2 Texas run with 4:11 remaining. Klotz's jumper with 1:19 on the game clock gave Texas a chance, trailing 69-67, but Klotz missed the three-point play opportunity from the charity stripe and Okie State guard John Lucas willed in a floater near the shot clock buzzer on the Cowboys next possession to extend the lead to four. From there out, Oklahoma State put the lid on the Longhorn bucket while scoring the game's final seven points.

Despite intermittent poor shot selection, the Horns were still 50 percent from the field (29-of-58) while OSU connected on 26-of-54 (48 percent) of their FG attempts. The Cowboys, however, were a red-hot 67 percent from the field in the second half.

F Joey Graham led all scorers with 20 points (19-of-15 FG), including the monster slam at the end of the game.

Texas will guarantee an outright runner-up finish in the Big 12 with a win at Kansas State (4 p.m. CST) Saturday.

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