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Oklahoma Sooners Basketball: OU defeats Texas, 70-66

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Oklahoma snapped a seven-game losing streak on Tuesday night.

The Sooners left the Longhorns heartbroken on Valentine’s Day. Oklahoma and Texas battled back and forth throughout — exchanging leads back and forth — but it was the Sooners who wound up on top! Here is what you missed.

1st Half

  • Both teams began the game shooting lights out. At the first media timeout, UT lead OU 15-9, but both teams were shooting over 60 percent from the field. The Longhorns hit the boards strong, grabbing three offensive boards in the first five minutes.
  • Jamuni McNeace brought some serious production off the bench. He scored two points, grabbed three rebounds and blocked two shots in just four minutes of play. The Sooners trailed 19-15 at the 11:24 mark.
  • Oklahoma’s shooting cooled off to 41 percent from the field while Texas continued to knock down buckets with 57 percent with 7:00 to go in the half. The Longhorns defense clamped down on the Sooners and UT lead 27-21.
  • Oklahoma gained its’ first lead of the game with 1:20 to go off of a C.J. Cole layup. However, Texas regained the lead and went into the half up 39-38. McGusty lead OU with nine points. The Sooners only shot 38 percent from the floor, but grabbed an impressive 11 offensive rebounds.

2nd Half

  • Texas stormed out of the half going on a 6-0 run, extending their 1-point lead to seven points, and forced Oklahoma into an early second half timeout.
  • Oklahoma clawed their way back after falling behind quick in the second half, and cut the Texas lead to 47-43 with 15:51 to go in the game.
  • After trailing by eight points in the second half, the Sooners regained the lead with 10:20 to go after an 8-0 run, and that was much due to Jamuni McNeace. McNeace acquired a double-double with 13:24 to go in the half. With 10:20 to go, McNeace was at 12 points and 10 rebounds.
  • The Sooners go on a 10-1 run in about two and a half minutes to give themselves a 65-57 lead with just 1:59 to play.

3 Takeaways

  1. Jamuni McNeace had a great night. McNeace finished with 14 points and 14 rebounds and two blocks. McNeace was a monster all night on both ends. He dominated and may have had the best game of his career.
  2. The bench stepped up tremendously tonight, outscoring Texas 35-10. McNeace was obviously the star of the game, but guys like Jordan Shepherd, Dante Buford and Christian James contributed as well.
  3. Oklahoma attacked the Longhorns well. The Sooners shot 31 free throws, and knocked down 22 of them. The Sooners did a great job of forcing the Longhorns to 13 turnovers as well, while only coughing up the ball nine times.

Oklahoma sealed the deal tonight, moved to 9-16 on the season, and avoided getting swept by the Longhorns. Oklahoma plays on Saturday in Stillwater against Oklahoma State. The game will start at 7:00 PM CT and will be shown on ESPNU.