It wasn't pretty, but Buddy Hield and the Sooners came up big in the second half to knock off #24 Texas 63-60 in a close fought game. After being held to their lowest point total in a half (22) this season, #3 Oklahoma came out and scored 41 in the second half to come back and win it by three. Hield, who had just six points in the first half, finished with 27 and hit a three pointer with 1.4 seconds left in the game to put Oklahoma up 63-60. He then intercepted the inbound pass after Texas took a timeout and clinched the Sooner's 20th win of the season.
Texas came out and played really good defense for much of the game, but their offense prevented them from taking full control of the game. Isaiah Cousins then started to get hot shooting the ball and Oklahoma took a lead late in the second half. Prince Ibeh had 11 rebounds for the Longhorns and Isaiah Taylor led the team in scoring with 17 points.
Oklahoma and Texas both shot 40% from field goals and Texas attempted 10 more of them, but Oklahoma converted three more three pointers and converted a higher percentage of their free throws. Free throws are what allowed the Sooners to stay in the game and gave them a chance to win it down the stretch.
Oklahoma is now 8-3 in conference play and alone in second place behind West Virginia and ahead of Kansas, but that's bound to change tomorrow when the Mountaineers play in Allen Fieldhouse tomorrow night. They are now 20-3 on the season, the first Big 12 team to reach 20 wins this season.
Texas is in fourth place now and 16-8 on the season. They should make the NCAA Tournament, as they've been hot the past couple of weeks and shouldn't let this loss slow them down.
Oklahoma's next game is this Saturday vs #6 Kansas at 1:30 C.T.