Buddy Hield’s three-pointer from the corner with 1.3 seconds remaining lifted No. 3 Oklahoma to a 63-60 victory over No. 24 Texas on Monday night.
Hield struggled early, but scored 12 points in the final 3:11. He scored 21 of his 27 points in the second half.
Isaiah Cousins added 17 points for the Sooners, 20-3 overall and 8-3 in the Big 12, who trailed for most of the game. Oklahoma bounced back from a loss at Kansas State on Saturday that cost it the No. 1 ranking. The Sooners beat the Longhorns for the sixth straight time and increased their home winning streak to 19 games.
Isaiah Taylor scored 19 points and Kendal Yancy added a season-high 13 points for Texas, 16-8 and 7-4, which had won four straight and seven of eight. The Longhorns entered the Top 25 for the first time this season earlier Monday.
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Both teams shot 40 percent from the field, but the Sooners outscored the Longhorns 14-6 from the free throw line.
Hield made two free throws with 1:19 remaining to put the Sooners up 60-58.
Taylor made two free throws with 57.1 seconds to go to tie it at 60. Hield missed a short jumper, but Taylor committed an offensive foul on the other end, giving Oklahoma the chance to set up Hield for the final shot. Hield intercepted Texas’ inbounds pass and ran out the clock.
Texas jumped to an 11-3 lead as their fullcourt pressure threw Oklahoma out of rhythm. The Sooners inched their way back into the game, but Texas closed the first half on an 11-4 run to take a 31-22 lead. Yancy scored all of his points in the first half after scoring no more than seven points in a game this season. He made all five of his shots, including three three-pointers in the first 20 minutes.
Oklahoma shot 28 percent in the first half and scored its lowest point total for a half this season. Hield scored six points on 1-for-6 shooting before the break.
Oklahoma opened the second half on a 7-1 run. Consecutive layups by Ryan Spangler cut Texas’ lead to 32-29 and forced the Longhorns to call a timeout.
A three-pointer by Cousins tied the score at 39, and the game was tight the rest of the way.