Just like the 2012 Red River Rivalry football game, Oklahoma sent Texas fans to the door early. And for those who left, it was a shame. They missed a big time comeback.
The Sooners grinded away in the paint with Romero Osby but allowed Steven Pledger to carry equal weight from beyond the arc. With just under 12 minutes remaining in the game, a lot of Texas fans left the arena. Osby and Pledger both had 18 points at the time.
“Maybe next year,” a Texas fan said as he walked up the stairs toward the exit.
But the Longhorns' press, combined with poor OU shooting, led to one of the biggest comebacks of the season. Texas forced overtime, and then came away with a 92-86 victory. Texas trailed by 22 points at one point in the Big 12 game.
It had been a few games, but the Sooners finally converted an alley oop.
It came on a fast break with under 2:30 remaining in the first half. Pledger was standing beyond the arc on the far left side but motioned for Amath M'Baye to look toward the right side of the hoop.
M'Baye lofted the ball and Osby dunked the ball to give him to 10 points going into halftime. Osby went 5-of-6 from the floor in the first half.
In the second half, the Sooners had two more alley oops. The first from Sam Grooms to Cam Clark came with under nine minutes left, and the second to M'Baye came about a minute later — with a little showboating to boot.
After M'Baye's dunk, the Texas fans started to boo. After all, M'Baye followed the dunk with a downward Hook 'em Horns sign.
Oklahoma beat Texas in its last meeting on Jan. 21. The Sooners haven't swept Texas since the 2004-2005 season.
An announcement was made at Frank Erwin Center before the game asking upper deck fans to come fill in the mezzanine. Almost the entire upper deck was empty. The basketball center holds 16,540.
Going into the game, the Longhorns had the second-best 3-point defense. Oklahoma drained seven 3-pointers in the first half.
THE NEXT THREE
Saturday vs. Iowa State, 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday vs. West Virginia, 8 p.m.
March 9 at TCU, 4 p.m.