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Carr, tough defense pushes No. 6 Texas past Oklahoma Street 56-46

STILLWATER, Oklahoma. — Texas No. 6 took a key step towards moving away from the Chris Beard era on Saturday.

Beard, who has been charged with domestic violence in connection with the December 12 incident involving his fiancé, was fired on Thursday. Texas said in a letter to his lawyer that Byrd was “not right” for the position.

Under interim coach Rodney Terry, the Longhorns focused on basketball. Marcus Carr scored 12 points in Texas’ 56-46 win over Oklahoma State as Texas (13-2, 2-1 Big 12) improved to 6-1 under Terry.

“I’m proud of our guys,” Terry said. “And I told them the other day that probably more than any team in the country, this group has really pulled together and endured some adversity and some issues… They have really focused on what they can control and I think they just locked themselves in and enjoyed playing with each other and being close to each other every day.”

Texas bounced back from Tuesday’s 116-103 loss to Kansas State, despite hitting just 31.5% from the field against Oklahoma State. The Longhorns held off the Cowboys with 30.4% shooting.

“We said we needed a determined team today,” Terry said. game today.

Caleb Boone had 16 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks for a 9-6, 1-2 Oklahoma State team that narrowly lost to the current number. 3 Kansas on Dec. 31 and had a landslide victory over West Virginia before losing on Saturday.

Oklahoma State’s Moussa Cisse, a 7-foot-1 forward who leads the Big 12 with 9.9 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game, missed the game with an ankle injury.

“We missed him throughout the game, both offensively and defensively,” said guard John-Michael Wright. – He’s great”.

Texas led 32-24 at halftime despite hitting 32.1% before halftime. Eight Longhorns scored in the first half, but none scored more than five points. Texas held Oklahoma State with 33.3% shooting and outscored the Cowboys 12–7 from the free throw line in the first 20 minutes.

Buna’s dunk cut Texas’ lead to 43–41 and Caleb Asberry followed with a 3-pointer to finally give the Cowboys a 44–43 lead with 8:20 left.

Oklahoma State didn’t score another field goal. A three-pointer from Texas’ Brock Cunningham with two minutes left gave the Longhorns a 53–46 lead, the highlight of their 12–1 series with the final six minutes left in the game.

BIG PICTURE

Texas: It was a good defensive try for the Longhorns after a game in which they lost the most points they have ever allowed in a Big 12 game.

“We won that game on Thursday, not today, Saturday,” Terry said. We won it in Austin. You know, we were beaten hard at home and we didn’t play very well defensively in that ball game and sort of moved away from our identity.”

Oklahoma State: Even without one of their best players, the Cowboys held on tight against a top-10 team that averaged 84.1 points per game.

BLOCK PARTY

Even without Cisse, Oklahoma State blocked 12 shots. Boone’s six hits matched a career high, and winger Tyreke Smith had his career best with three.

NEXT

Texas: hosts TCU on Wednesday.

Oklahoma State: Visits Kansas State on Tuesday.

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