Late rally lifts No. 17 Oklahoma past Texas

Texas guard Isaiah Taylor (1) shoots as Oklahoma forward Ryan Spangler (00) defends during the first half of a NCAA basketball game in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)
Texas guard Isaiah Taylor (1) shoots as Oklahoma forward Ryan Spangler (00) defends during the first half of a NCAA basketball game in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Jordan Woodard scored 11 of his 13 points in the second half, and No. 17 Oklahoma rallied for a 71-69 win over Texas on Tuesday night.

Buddy Hield scored 12 points and Dinjiyl Walker and Frank Booker each added 10 for the Sooners (18-8, 9-5 Big 12), who trailed by seven with 6:33 to play.

Oklahoma swept the regular-season series with the Longhorns. The Sooners won the first meeting 70-49 in Austin. Oklahoma bounced back from a loss at Kansas State last Saturday and now has won five of six.

Myles Turner had 17 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks, and Kendal Yancy added 14 points for the Longhorns (17-9, 6-7), who had won three straight. Texas coach Rick Barnes was seeking his 400th win at the school.

With Texas up six and under four minutes to play, Woodard hit a 3-pointer. He then stole the ball, and TaShawn Thomas scored inside and was fouled. He converted the free throw to tie the game with 2:31 remaining. Woodard’s driving layup with 1:32 to play finally put the Sooners up 66-64, then he found Spangler for a reverse layup to put Oklahoma ahead 68-64 with 21.8 seconds left.

Turner made two free throws to make it 68-66, and Woodard made the second of two free throws on the other end to make it a three point game with 7.4 seconds to play. Kendal Yancy missed the front end of a 1-and-1, Hield rebounded, and he made both free throws at the other end to put the game out of reach.

Booker hit a 3-pointer to give Oklahoma a 33-32 lead with 1:28 left in the first half, a score that held until the break. Texas slowed the pace and took the lead early in the second half as the Sooners struggled to mount any offense inside the 3-point line.

Booker’s 3-pointer with just over 15 minutes left put the Sooners back up 42-40. Turner’s three put the Longhorns ahead 51-46, and Yancy’s 3-pointer increased Texas’ lead to 58-51.

Oklahoma rallied again, and the game was tight down the stretch.


Texas: Turner, who had started the previous four games, came off the bench. A Texas spokesman said it was a coaches’ decision. Turner had 25 points and 12 rebounds in Texas’ previous game last Saturday against Texas Tech. … Five Longhorns blocked at least one shot in the first half. The Longhorns blocked 13 shots as a team.

Oklahoma: Spangler hit the floor hard with under three minutes left in the first half and was holding his right elbow. After briefly walking to the bench, he stayed in the game. … Oklahoma’s starting guards shot 4-for-19 in the first half.


Texas: Hosts Iowa State on Saturday.

Oklahoma: At Texas Tech on Saturday.

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