AUSTIN, Texas — Romero Osby didn’t want karma to come back around when he saw Amath M’Baye flash the horns down at Texas fans. But it did. In a big way, too.
Myck Kabongo scored 31 points and made an off-balance jumper at the buzzer to force overtime, and Texas rallied from 22 points down in the second half to beat Oklahoma 92-86 Wednesday night in a Big 12 basketball game at the Erwin Center.
Oklahoma blew a 22-point lead in the last 7:54 of regulation. And Texas’ comeback started after Sam Grooms’ alley oop was slammed by Amath M’Baye — who promptly flashed the horns down sign at an estimated 1,000 Texas fans that remained in the arena.
Osby, a senior, scolded at M’Baye, a junior, afterward.
“You know, I wasn’t trying to get on him because he’s a grown man,” Osby said, “but I just wanted to tell him, ‘Let’s win with class.’ We were up 20 at the time. ... He’s not that type of guy. He just got caught up in the moment.”
The gesture meant to taunt the Texas crowd instead fired up the Longhorns. Texas' full-court press helped force the Sooners into 16 turnovers that the Longhorns converted into 26 points.
Kabongo led the way, showing everything Texas missed while he sat out a 23-game NCAA-imposed suspension. In just his fifth game back, Kabongo drove the basket, dished out six assists and stepped outside for 3-pointers.
In overtime, Kabongo's long 3-pointer gave Texas its first lead since midway through the first half. He followed it with a free throw and a tough layup that put Texas up 83-81.
Sheldon McClellan made two more free throws and Ioannis Papapetrou made a long 3-pointer from the left wing to put Texas ahead 88-84 with 48 seconds left.
Osby scored 31 for Oklahoma (18-9 overall, 9-6 Big 12).
McClellan scored 18 for Texas (13-15, 5-10), including three free throws with 9.5 seconds left in regulation. Osby missed one of two free throws on the other end, setting up Kabongo's desperation shot that tied it at 77.
“I kind of pulled my hand back,” Osby said. “I didn’t follow through. ... I kind of rushed it ... I guess that’s what went wrong.”
Steven Pledger scored 18 for Oklahoma on six 3-pointers but made just one after halftime. The Sooners have lost eight in a row in Austin.
College basketball analysts said before the game that a loss to Texas would not knock the Sooners from the NCAA Tournament, but if they do not defend their home court for the final two home games and beat TCU on the road, the Sooners could be, once again, left out of March Madness.
The Associated Press contributed to this report