Horns hook win over No. 5 Okie State

A week after losing its leading scorer and rebounder <B>Chris Owens</B>, Texas turned in its most impressive performance of the season, topping previously undefeated and No. 5 Oklahoma State 70-61 in Stillwater Saturday.

The Horns' hot shooting -- 60-percent from the arc and 46.5-percent overall -- and the Cowboys' woeful shooting -- 32.8-percent overall and just 52-percent from the charity stripe -- helped Texas earn the conference-opening win.

The game's final seconds were marred by an altercation between several UT players and at least one OSU fan. While pursuing a loose ball after a missed Oklahoma State shot, T.J. Ford and Royal Ivey leaped over a row of photographers and into the front row of fans at the corner of the court. A Cowboys fan grabbed Ford seemingly to keep him from falling, but moments later that same fan shoved the Texas freshman, sparking the fight. James Thomas and Brandon Mouton joined the fracas before the game and stadium officials got the situation under control.

Texas was assessed a technical foul because several Longhorn players left the bench area.

OSU coach Eddie Sutton apologized to UT coach Rick Barnes when the two head men met at midcourt following the final buzzer.

The late game, off-the-court theatrics shouldn't overshadow a great road performance by Texas, a team that had to revamp its line-up after the Owens injury. Earlier this week, after learning that Owens would miss the remainder of the season because of the ACL tear he suffered in last Saturday's Utah loss, Barnes said the team, to win, would have "to get more out of everybody."

Saturday, nine Horns contributed to the win.

Texas opened against the Cowboys with regular starters Ford, Ivey and Mouton on the perimeter, plus Deginald Erskin and Thomas in the paint, the starting line-up Barnes has used in both games since Owens went down. Fredie Williams, Sydmill Harris, Jason Klotz and Brian Boddicker came off the bench, and along with the starters, each scratched both the rebounds and points columns on the stat sheet.

Ivey led all Longhorn scorers and rebounders with 15 and eight, respectively, while Thomas and Mouton each totaled 13 points. Boddicker added eight points.

OSU star Maurice Baker, who strained a groin muscle recently in practice, played just 11 minutes.

Texas improved to 9-4 overall and 1-0 in Big 12 play while Oklahoma State dropped to 13-1 overall and 0-1 in league play.


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