With 2:24 left in Saturday's game at Texas, Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield drained a 3-pointer from the corner to put the Sooners up by two.
But on the play, Isaiah Cousins threw an elbow at Texas' Demarcus Holland.
Hield's shot counted but the technical was Cousins' second, leading to an ejection, and the Longhorns went to the line and tied it before Jordan Woodard scored OU's last 10 points to give the Sooners an 88-85 win.
Referees reviewed the play and OU coach Lon Kruger didn't offer any protest when informed of the call.
“They just said it was a collision and Isaiah got his elbow up,” Kruger said. “You can't do that.”
Early in the first half, Cousins and Texas' Isaiah Taylor had a verbal exchange that led to a double technical.
Sophomore guard Je'lon Hornbeak returned from a broken foot, playing for the first time since Dec. 8.
The plan to ease Hornbeak back into action was thwarted a bit when Woodard got in foul trouble early.
Hornbeak wound up playing 14 minutes, missing both of his shots but adding two assists.
Kruger was pleased with Hornbeak's play at the point.
“Je'lon felt pretty good,” Kruger said. “I'm sure he'll be more sore tomorrow.”
UP NEXT: KANSAS
Oklahoma will head back to Lloyd Noble Center, hosting Kansas at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
The Jayhawks (9-3) finish the nonconference portion of their schedule at home against No. 21 San Diego State at 3:30 p.m. Sunday.
The Sooners beat the Jayhawks at home last season, pulling out a 72-66 victory over No. 5 Kansas on Feb. 9.
“I think we were lackadaisical on the boards tonight, and that was definitely something that we went over on the scouting report. We just weren't able to do that tonight.” — Texas sophomore guard Javan Felix. The Sooners out-rebounded Texas 39-28.
In last season's game against Texas, the Sooners led by 22 points with about eight minutes remaining and blew the lead, finally falling in overtime. Saturday, with that same amount of time left, the Longhorns had their biggest lead of the game at seven, 68-61, before the Sooners finished with a 27-17 stretch. … The Sooners had five double-digit scorers for the seventh time in 14 games this season. OU did it three times last season. … Former OU linebacker Brian Bosworth was at the game after watching the Sooners' Sugar Bowl win over Alabama in New Orleans two days before.