NORMAN — Romero Osby called his teammate Amath M'Baye's name and as they ran toward each other, they leapt into the air and shouted, celebrating another Oklahoma victory, 73-67 over Texas, but also celebrating Osby's dominance.
The Sooners (13-4 overall, 4-1 Big 12) were up against arch-rival Texas, a team that carried the best defensive field goal percentage in the conference and second in the nation coming into the game. OU finished shooting 48.1 percent from the field on Monday night as a Lloyd Noble Center crowd of 7,335 watched.
In a must-win conference game for Oklahoma, Osby was too fast for his rookie defenders and too solid for any other defender. The senior power forward scored a career-high 29 points. He also had eight rebounds.
“We really believe that Osby's one of the best players in the league,” Texas coach Rick Barnes said after his club fell to 8-10 and 0-5.
Through shot selection — only putting up six shots from 3-point range — and a lack of production from Texas' starters — only 23 points from its starters — the Sooners played off Osby's energy and rhythm before they return to the road for games against Kansas then Baylor.
The game started off a mess for Texas. After scoring on their opening possession, the Longhorns committed nine straight turnovers. The first half was sloppy for both teams.
Osby started off being guarded mainly by Texas sophomore Jonathan Holmes. The Longhorns forward only played eight minutes, though, due to a broken hand. Then Prince Ibeh began to guard Osby, but there were multiple times he gave Oklahoma's senior a three-point play by fouling him on a layup.