Austin (KXAN) – No. 10 Texas shot 62% from three-point range and fared better against Oklahoma State than they did 17 days ago in Tuesday’s 89-75 win at the Moody Center.
Both the Longhorns and the Cowboys would rather forget the 56–46 contest they played on January 7 at Stillwater, and while both were better on the ball, the Longhorns did it at a higher level.
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Texas blocked 8 of 13 three-pointers and made half of his shots from the field, as well as 85% of his shots from the free throw line. Perhaps the most impressive performance was by Brock Cunningham with a career-high 15 points for nearly perfect shooting in 24 minutes. Cunningham shot 5 of 6 from the field and 3 of 3 from three-point range. He made all five of his free throws.
Cunningham said he “took the time” to improve his shooting, and this showed up against the Cowboys.
“It’s important for us to have a guy who can stretch the floor from a big place,” Longhorns interim head coach Rodney Terry said. “It’s a big opportunity for us when he can take punches.”
The Longhorns owned points with 41 rebounds to Oklahoma State’s 27, and Texas’ 14 offensive rebounds led to 16 second chance points. Texas scored 20 points on 16 assists by the Cowboys.
“It was a big focus against an elite-level rebounding team,” Terry said. “It was a huge part of the game to get +14 on the glass.”
Marcus Carr scored a game-high 21 points on 7-of-11 shooting, and Timmy Allen scored 17 as four Longhorns hit double figures. Dylan Disu had 12 points and eight rebounds but only played 20 minutes due to a foul.
In Oklahoma State, Kalib Boone and John-Michael Wright scored 18 points each. Boone was 8 out of 9 from the field.
With that win, Texas (17-3, 6-2 Big 12 Conference) moved ahead of the season streak with Oklahoma State and will take a break from Saturday’s conference to take on the No. 4 Tennessee Volunteers in Knoxville. Oklahoma State (11-9, 3-5) will play Ole Miss in the SEC-Big 12 Challenge on Saturday in Stillwater.
Terry was an assistant for nine seasons to Rick Barnes, who is now the coach of Tennessee. Terry said Barnes is “like family to me” and is enjoying the opportunity to train against him for the second time.
“We’ll play the best defensive team in the country on Saturday,” Terry said. “Coach Barnes is my mentor and someone I keep in close contact with all the time. It will be a great game with a great atmosphere. It will be a special opportunity for us.”
Finals: Texas 89, Oklahoma State 75.
2:53 2H. Texas 80, Oklahoma Street 67. Brock Cunningham has an amazing game. He lands another 3 hit and it looks like the Horns have the moment under control. Some fans are heading towards the exit.
5:18 2H: Texas 75, Oklahoma St. 67. John-Michael Wright takes a third corner for the Cowboys and they take a timeout to slow the game.
7:14 2H: Texas 71, Oklahoma 60. The teams teamed up to make 8 of the last 9 throws. Cunningham and Hunter have 3 each, Allen is the king of mid-range jumps and has 13 points after falling off a 20-foot throw.
9:03 2H: Dylan Disu gets his 4th block foul, which looked like he was standing still and in a defensive position, but the referee saw it differently.
10:48 2H: Texas 58, Oklahoma Street 46. Tyrese Hunter hits a pair of FTs for the Longhorns after a hard foul in the paint.
14:42 2H: Texas 49, Oklahoma Street 41. Longhorns from the field 19-40, Cowboys 16-40.
Break: Texas 40, Oklahoma St. 32. Jabari Rice hit 3 with time running out after Brock Cunningham hit the Cowboys out of bounds like a volleyball player. Horns shoot 50% from the field. Carr leads all scorers with 12 points.
4:30 1H: Texas 33, Oklahoma Street 30. Bryce Thompson of the Cowboys scores 3 after a Caleb Asberry dunk in transition and Oklahoma Street makes a one-possession game. Cowboys 4-11 out of 3 points range.
6:57 1H: Texas 27, Oklahoma St. 20. The Cowboys were within 4, but Brock Cunningham hit 3 from the left flank with a punch to the face. Texas is 3-5 from 3-point range so far and outperforms the Cowboys at 15-9 in rebounding.
11:43 1H: Texas 17, Oklahoma Street 9. The Horns made 5 of their last 6 shots and the Cowboys missed 6 of their last 7 shots. UT ball out of media timeout
13:33 1H: Texas 14, Oklahoma Street 6. Horns is 8-0 running for Carr 3 and Bishop gets what he wants inside. The cowboys try to beat him, and he uses the old drop step for layup. Light bucket.
15:33 1H: Texas 6, Oklahoma Street 6. Dillon Mitchell has 2 offensive rebounds and 4 points for the Horns. Working hard under the hoop early on here.
19:19 1H: Not the best start when both teams lost the ball on the first possession.
20:00 1H: Almost ready to report it. Your starters…
UTCast: Allen, Disu, Hunter, Carr, Mitchell
OSUPeople: Anderson, Thompson, Newton, Boone, Wright