Longar played well on both ends of the court, blocking four shots and grabbing five offensive rebounds. And after some early struggles, he played strong in the final minutes.
"We executed well down the stretch, got the ball in the post,” Longar said. "We got some stops, then came down and executed our offense.”
The Cowboys scored on their first 10 second-half possessions to erase OU's 30-20 halftime lead.
With the game tied at 48, the Sooners were desperate for a defensive stop. Carter came through.
"I saw Longar was guarding Boggan and he scored on a couple plays,” Carter said. "I said, ‘Coach, I'm gonna get on Boggan, I'm gonna guard him.' I just took it upon myself to get us going, somehow, some way.”
It worked. The switch produced a steal on the perimeter, and Carter zipped in for a dunk that ignited a 13-2 run for a 59-50 OU lead. The Cowboys got back within 59-56 before Carter scored his final six points to put it away.
"We were playing defense at a very high level the last five, seven minutes of the game,” Carter said. "We played with a sense of urgency. That's coach's favorite word, urgency.
"We just tried to execute and take the game over in the final five minutes.”