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Oklahoma basketball: Sooners beat Texas, still have shot at second-place Big 12 finish

With two games to play, the Sooners are a half-game behind Iowa State for second place in the league. The Cyclones play Kansas State on Saturday night.
by Ryan Aber Modified: March 1, 2014 at 7:15 pm •  Published: March 1, 2014

They overcame the early foul trouble with yet another solid performance from the bench.

After Spangler left with his second foul just more than six minutes in, the Sooners scored nine quick points.

Hield hit a 3-pointer to put the Sooners ahead for the first time, then Frank Booker and Je’lon Hornbeak followed with consecutive 3-pointers.

A few moments later, Tyler Neal followed with a four-point play of his own.

After scoring 22 or more points just six times in Oklahoma’s first 22 games, the Sooner bench has topped the mark six times in its last seven games. OU’s reserves scored 23 against the Longhorns.

Hield bounced back from his rough start to finish with 17 points, hitting back-to-back 3-pointers early in the second half.

Clark scored just six points but put the exclamation point on the win when Hield passed up a layup on a two-on-one to lob it to Clark at the rim for a dunk with seven minutes left that put the Sooners up 15.

Texas (21-8, 10-6) was led by Cameron Ridley’s 19 points and 14 rebounds. Twelve of Ridley’s points came in the first half.

“Obviously he got us in some foul trouble down there as we were trying to get around to the front,” Spangler said. “He did a great job today.”

But while Texas scored inside, the Longhorns’ starting guards were just 4 of 16 from the field with 18 points, less than half the total of the Sooners’ starting guards.

Oklahoma also tied a season low with seven turnovers.

“They did a great job with it,” Texas coach Rick Barnes said. “They can put you in long possessions and we did not finish. I love a lot of things about their team.”