Durant, Texas stop Oklahoma
Norman, OK (Sports Network) – Kevin Durant scored 32 points and had 10
rebounds, as 19th-ranked Texas defeated Oklahoma, 68-58, at the Noble Center.
D.J. Augustin had 18 points and five assists for the Longhorns (21-7, 11-3 Big
12), winners of five straight games. Damion James pulled down 11 boards and
Justin Mason also recorded 10 boards for the victors.
Austin Johnson scored 14 points for the Sooners (15-12, 6-8), losers of four
in a row. Nate Carter added 13. David Godbold added nine points and a team-
best six rebounds.
Down by 13 at the break, Oklahoma got back within 10 as Taylor Griffin’s
runner with 6:38 played in the second half made it 44-34, then Michael Neil
sank a three from the top of the key to cut the deficit to nine, 48-39 with
11:31 to go. Durant drained a trey for its first field goal of the second half
at the 8:19 mark, and Texas regained a 12-point edge 53-41.
Although Godbold would bring the deficit down to 64-55 with 2:04 remaining
with a free throw and a put-back off a free throw miss, the Longhorns defended
well down the stretch and each desperation shot from the home team fell short.
Texas began the game on a sizzling 14-2 clip, and led by as much as 17 points
with 8:33 to play. The Sooners finally woke up and used a 12-5 run to get back
within 10 points, 32-22, on Godbold’s three with 4:40 to go. Bobby Maze’s
layup with 33 seconds to go was the final bucket of the half, and the
Longhorns led 41-28 at intermission.
Oklahoma leads the all-time series, 45-24…Texas posted a 20-win season for
the eight consecutive year…The Longhorns owned a 40-34 advantage on the
glass and hit 9-of-16 from beyond the arc…Oklahoma committed 18 second-half
fouls and sent Texas to the line 32 times in the contest…Despite losing, the
Sooners bench outscored the Texas subs, 19-2.