After an falling down early and exchanging leads throughout their first Big 12 Conference game, the Texas Longhorns fell to the Oklahoma Sooners, 88-85.
Coming into the game, Texas expected a full-40 minute battle, and they got exactly that.
Throughout the first 13 games, Oklahoma shot 37.5 percent from three point range, but in the first 9 minutes, Texas was able to go 4-7 from three including Tyler Neal who started 3-4 from three.
With some spectacular ball movement, and amazing defense by Javan Felix, Texas was able to hang in the game and with 9 minutes left in the first half Oklahoma led 20-16.
And for the rest of the first half, Javan Felix was able to keep Texas in the game with 14 points getting Texas to within 4, 43-39.
Although Texas had subpar performance in the first half, the Longhorns came out hot taking the lead 45-43 with a 5-0 run off thanks to two buckets from both Demarcus Holland and Demarcus Croaker and a few blocks from Jonathan Holmes and Cameron Ridley.
Although Texas was able to hold Oklahoma to only a few layups in transition (a goal for Texas in the preview for the game), their lack of discipline on the defensive end was the essential reason they lost the game.
Another key reason that explains Oklahoma’s success throughout the game is the 39-28 rebounding differential that limited Texas’ opportunities and greatly benefited Oklahoma’s second chance points throughout the game.
Ultimately, Texas and Javan Felix’s 28 points were not enough and Oklahoma was able to take the Longhorns down in the first Big 12 Conference game this year escalating the Rick Barnes firing debate.