Sooners end rivalry skid, beat Texas 73-67

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 21, 2013 at 11:49 pm •  Published: January 21, 2013
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NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Too many times, Romero Osby had been a part of Red River Rivalry games that didn't turn out the way he wanted.

With victory nearly in his grasp, he told teammate Sam Grooms during a late-game huddle: "We finally got these guys." And no one played a bigger role.

Osby scored a career-high 29 points, Amath M'Baye had three rim-rattling dunks among his 15 points and Oklahoma snapped a six-game losing streak in the rivalry by beating Texas 73-67 on Monday night.

Osby scored 21 of Oklahoma's 33 points during a 14½-minute chunk in the middle of the game, powering the Sooners (13-4, 4-1 Big 12) to their first win against the Longhorns since he transferred from Mississippi State. Texas had swept both meetings last season and all three in 2011 while Osby was sitting out under NCAA transfer guidelines.

Off to its worst start to conference play since 1976, Texas (8-10, 0-5) had no answer for Osby after top rebounder Jonathan Holmes left with a broken bone in his right hand with just under 7 minutes left in the first half. Osby checked back into the game about 3 minutes later and took over.

"I attacked them once and I got an easy bucket, so I just started trying to be more aggressive," Osby said. "Just from then on, I just tried to be aggressive."

Osby went 9 for 15 from the field, 10 for 11 from the foul line and also chipped in eight rebounds, three steals and two blocks.

"We really believe that Osby is one of best players in the league," Texas coach Rick Barnes said. "We told our team that this is a guy that we think can score in a lot of different way. We just love the way he plays. He just plays within himself."

The Longhorns' game plan had been to try and attack Osby and M'Baye on the offensive end, perhaps getting them in foul trouble or at least wearing them down. That formula never really got put into action, and it went down the drain after Holmes headed to the locker room with a bag of ice on his hand.

But Barnes aimed most of his criticism at his guards for not getting the ball to the Longhorns' post players when they were open.

"Our guards have got to understand we've got to get to the foul line. We've got to put the fouls on other people," Barnes said. "We can't let especially a team that relies on their post players to score, to not have to guard."

Texas tried to mount a furious rally from an 11-point deficit in the final 1:42, after Oklahoma's student section started a "Just like football" chant to rub in an apparent victory — to go with three straight on the gridiron.



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