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February 28, 2013

Sooners can’t muster overtime win after late collapse against Longhorns

AUSTIN, Texas — For 32 minutes, Oklahoma dominated Texas. The last eight minutes and overtime, however, turned a potential blowout into a 92-86 debilitating loss to the Longhorns.

Romero Osby scored 31 points and Steven Pledger scored 18 to lead the Sooners. Both, however, were upstaged by Texas guard Myck Kabongo. The Longhorns’ point guard scored 31 points, including an off-balance prayer with the clock winding down in regulation that sent the game to overtime.

The Sooners (18-9, 9-6 Big 12) never recovered. They were in shock after blowing a 22-point lead with a 7:54 to play. At that point, a small crowd at the Erwin Center had already started filing out. Most had no intreats in watching OU snap a six-game losing streak to the Longhorns in Austin.

It was an alley-oop dunk from Amath M’Baye, who scored 16 points, that gave OU its largest lead of the game. The junior forward flashed the “’Horns Down” sign as he trotted back down the floor.

Texas (13-15, 5-10) launched a 32-10 run after it.

OU lost despite shooting 50.9 percent (29-for-57) and 9 for 18 from 3-point range. However, the hot shooting was from the first 32 minutes.

After M’Baye’s dunk, OU made just three more shots the rest of the game. Its composure disappeared. It committed five turnovers in a three-minute span that quickly allowed Texas to get back in the game.

Osby got in M’Baye’s face after the taunt.

“I wasn’t trying to get on him, because he’s a grown-up. I was just telling him, ‘Let’s win with class,’” Osby said. “We were up by 20 at the time. I just didn’t want karma to kinda come back on us over something like that.”

Osby’s fear became reality. OU was 3 for 15 from the field after M’Baye’s dunk and committed five turnovers.

Neither Kabongo or Texas’ Ioannis Pappetrou or Sheldon McClellan claimed to see the gesture, but the game obviously changed.

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