The Norman Transcript

January 4, 2014

Sooners topple Texas

OU ends eight-game losing streak in Austin

By John Shinn
The Norman Transcript

AUSTIN, Texas — There was a large stretch Saturday night where Oklahoma couldn’t get shots to fall and couldn’t get stops against Texas. But that was in the middle. The beginning and the end was enough for the Sooners to get an 88-85 victory over the Longhorns at the Erwin Center.

The win lifted OU to 12-2 overall and was its first Texas’ home floor win since 2005. More importantly, it provided a winning start to Big 12 Conference.

Texas (11-3, 0-1 Big 12) led by as many as seven points midway through the second half. Point guard Javan Felix scored a game-high 28 points and handed out five assists.

For about 36 minutes, it was a clear mismatch between Felix and OU freshman point guard Jordan Woodard. However, it was Woodard who closed convincingly. He scored 10 points in the final two minutes and grabbed the critical rebound that sealed the victory.

Prior to Woodard catching fire it was Buddy Hield and Tyler Neal who kept the Sooners in the game. Hield scored 22 points and Neal added 13 to go along with seven rebounds off the bench. The tandem was a combined 7 of 14 from 3-point range.