Hield scores 22 as Oklahoma beats Texas 88-85

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 4, 2014 at 10:47 pm •  Published: January 4, 2014
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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Jordan Woodard scored 10 of his final 12 points in the final two minutes of the game to help Oklahoma begin Big 12 play by slipping past Texas in an 88-85 win Saturday.

After committing two fouls in the first five minutes of the game, Woodard was held scoreless in the first half, playing only five of the first 20 minutes. Oklahoma connected on 10 of 15 3-pointers in the first half and held a 43-39 halftime lead but trailed for most of the second half.

Javan Felix, who scored a career-high 28 points for Texas (11-3, 0-1 Big 12), hit a pair of free throws after Isaiah Cousins was ejected for throwing an elbow to tie the game at 78 with 2:20 remaining. But Woodard answered with four straight points — two from the free throw line with 1:53 left and two more on a layup with 1:08 remaining to put Oklahoma (12-2, 1-0) up for good.

"I was dealing with foul trouble at the beginning of the game but my teammates and coaches encouraged me to stay locked in," Woodard said. "The last few minutes of the ballgame, Coach kept calling my number. I just wanted to make the right plays for my teammates."

Woodard knocked down 6 consecutive free throws in the final minute before missing two straight with 15 seconds left, giving Texas a chance to tie the game. A potentially game-tying 3-pointer by Damarcus Croaker was off the mark, allowing the Sooners to snap an eight-game losing streak in Austin.

"When you get a little bit of a lead in that last minute, it's hard to finish the game. It's hard to get a win," Oklahoma head coach Lon Kruger said. "Texas has been playing great, so to come into a tough place and beat a good team that's playing well, I feel awfully happy for our guys."

Texas, who did not attempt a free throw in the first half, opened the second half on a 10-2 run. Felix scored the first six points of a separate 8-0 run that gave the Longhorns their largest lead at 67-59 following a pair of free throws by Cameron Ridley with 9:34 left.

But, as Oklahoma was chipping away at Texas' lead, Felix and Ridley each missed two free throws with 2:53 remaining with the Longhorns holding a 76-75 advantage.

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