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Marcus Carr scored 21 points to lead a balanced offensive attack as No. 10 Texas was in control all along in an expert 89-75 win over Oklahoma State in Austin on Tuesday.
The Longhorns (17-3, 6-2 Big 12) led for all but the first 2 1/2 minutes of the game, held an eight-point lead at halftime and never let Oklahoma State come within six points in the second half . Texas has won back-to-back after losing to Iowa State on Jan. 17 and now sits 10-2 at the top with caretaker coach Rodney Terry.
Timmy Allen scored 17 and Brock Cunningham added 15 points for the Longhorns, with Dylan Disu amassing 12 points and eight rebounds. Texas swept the regular-season series from the Cowboys.
Kalib Boone and John-Michael Wright each had 18 points and Bryce Thompson had 11 for Oklahoma State (11-9, 3-5), who had lost a two-game winning streak.
The Longhorns dominated the first seven minutes of the game and took a 17-6 lead with a Carr 3 pointer. Oklahoma State rallied to three points by making four of its five shots over a three-minute span, topped by Thompson’s 3-pointer with 4:33 to play in the first half.
The Cowboys remained scoreless and missed their last five shots in the last 3 1/2 minutes of halftime. Texas forged a 5-0 run on a knight from Carr and a 3-pointer from Sir’Jabari Rice, the latter with 29 seconds remaining to take a 40-32 lead at the break.
Carr led all scorers with 12 points before halftime while Boone caught up to Oklahoma State with eight.
The Longhorns extended their lead to 13 points by scoring the first five points of the second half, but Oklahoma State clawed within 52-46 on a Thompson 3-pointer to go 13:29.
Texas answered every blow from the Cowboys with their own counter-blow and reduced their lead over a Cunningham 3-pointer to 13 points by 4:14.
TCU runs OklahomaMike Miles scored 23 points to lead No. 11 TCU to a 79-52 win over Oklahoma on Tuesday in Fort Worth, Texas.
Miles picked up eight points in the Horned Frogs’ 16-3 start as TCU took control from the start.
The Horned Frogs (16-4, 5-3 Big 12) have won consecutive games while the Sooners (11-9, 2-6) have lost a season-high in three straight games.
Damion Baugh and Micah Peavy each added 13 points for the Horned Frogs. TCU’s Emanuel Miller grabbed 10 rebounds, setting a game high, and Peavy pulled nine down.
CJ Noland led the Sooners with 11 points while Sam Godwin had nine points and seven rebounds as team-best.
Oklahoma shot just 31.3 percent, the worse shooting performance since it hit 28 percent against Texas on March 3, 2020.
The Sooners’ top two scorers this season, Grant Sherfield and Tanner Groves, have both struggled. Sherfield scored just five points on 2-of-11 shooting and went past the 3-point arc just 1-of-8. Groves had a season-low two points before fouling with more than five minutes remaining.
Oklahoma didn’t hit a field goal until almost five minutes into the game, committed four turnovers and missed its first four shots.
The Sooners’ passion for shooting continued throughout. Oklahoma missed eight of their last nine shots before halftime, and the Horned Frogs led 44-27 at the break.
The Horned Frogs continued to extend their lead after halftime, scoring the first 11 points when the Sooners missed their first nine shots.
Miles hit all 10 of his free throws as TCU landed 21 of 29 at the line. Oklahoma finished 7 of 10 with foul shots.
Miles made all of his free throws in the first half as he had 17 points at the break.
TCU grabbed 16 points from Oklahoma’s 15 turnovers while the Sooners grabbed just two points from eight turnovers from the Horned Frogs.
The Horned Frogs beat the Sooners 25-8 on quick breaks.
After going 5 of 10 from beyond the arc in the first half, TCU was only 1 of 7 in the second half.