AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The Oklahoma Sooners are surging. And after they can seize a troublesome win at Texas, it makes no distinction to them the Longhorns have been taking part in short-handed and with out their coach.
Austin Reaves scored 23 factors and made two free throws with 18.Three seconds left that proved to be the distinction in an 80-79 victory that was stalled by fixed fouls and video critiques, and wasn’t settled till the Sooners intercepted an extended inbounds move on the finish.
“What a battle,” Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger mentioned after the Sooners notched their fourth straight win and second in a row over top-10 opponents. “I really feel completely happy for the blokes that they held on.”
Texas (11-3, 5-2 Huge 12) rallied from 11 all the way down to drive the sport into the ultimate seconds regardless of taking part in with out coach Shaka Good, who introduced Monday he has COVID-19, starters Jericho Sims and Courtney Ramey, and key reserve Brock Cunningham. Three extra Longhorns fouled out and Texas was down to simply 5 scholarship gamers by the ultimate play. Assistant coach Ok.T. Turner took over for Good for the sport.
Longhorns guard Matt Coleman, who sat out a lot of the second half, fouled out when he despatched Reaves to the road for the decisive free throws. Texas acquired again inside one when Andrew Jones made two free throws seconds later. The Longhorns then practically compelled a turnover on the inbounds move earlier than fouling Oklahoma’s Jalen Hill with 2.Three seconds to play.
After a prolonged overview to verify Hill wasn’t out of bounds when he caught the ball, he missed his first free throw, then deliberately missed his second. However the shot did not hit the rim, giving Texas one final likelihood.
However left on the flawed finish of the courtroom, Turner used walk-on Blake Nevins, a former highschool quarterback, to strive an extended move that the Sooners intercepted, sending Texas to its second Huge 12 dwelling loss in its final three video games.
“We’ll must work on lacking free throws, I assume,” Kruger mentioned.
Elijah Harkless scored 13 and Umoja Gibson had 12 for the Sooners (10-4, 6-3). Earlier than his late free throws, Reaves had a key three-point play with a drive and layup that drew a fifth foul on Texas ahead Greg Brown.
“You simply acquired to make the proper play on the finish of the sport like that, belief your intuition,” Reaves mentioned.
Kai Jones had 15 factors and 10 rebounds, and Andrew Jones scored 13 for Texas.
Oklahoma: The Sooners appeared within the High 25 this week for the primary in two years and face fairly the run of video games in the event that they hope to remain there. They’re in the course of a rugged stretch of taking part in seven ranked opponents in eight video games. “We’ve at all times thought we might be this good, and we predict we could be higher,” Reaves mentioned.
Texas: The Longhorns are getting turned the wrong way up by COVID-19 like another packages have this season. Texas hasn’t mentioned when Good would possibly return and Turner mentioned the Longhorns had solely 5 gamers out there to apply at some factors final week. Coleman mentioned he was among the many gamers who needed to quarantine and had simply returned.
“There have been a few instances our guys may have simply laid down and stop. They saved combating,” Turner mentioned. “There was rust … We’ve had guys out left and proper.”
Reaves hit the spotlight shot of the sport when was on the baseline, acquired bumped and lofted a excessive, arcing shot that floated over the nook of the backboard and in.
“I assumed I acquired fouled. I simply shot it to get to the free-throw line and it went in. So I assume it was a great shot,” Reaves mentioned.
Oklahoma hosts No. 9 Alabama on Saturday within the SEC/Huge 12 Problem.
Texas performs at Kentucky on Saturday within the SEC/Huge 12 Problem.
Reaves’ 23 points, late FT lift Oklahoma over Texas 80-79 initially appeared on NBCSports.com