Texas Basketball: 2 studs, 1 dud from finale win over OU

A season-high in points for Tyrese Hunter led Texas basketball to another double-digit win over Oklahoma to close out the regular season on March 9.

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Texas basketball (20-11, 9-9 Big 12) got the job done in emphatic fashion in the regular season finale at the Moody Center on March 9 against the rival Oklahoma Sooners (20-11, 8-10 Big 12). Texas and head coach Rodney Terry continue their dominance of the Sooners in the Red River Rivalry game on the hardwood.

Tyrese Hunter's big afternoon leads Texas basketball past OU in regular season finale

The Longhorns swept the regular season series while winning their seventh straight game against Oklahoma with this convincing victory at home this weekend. Texas has swept the regular season series against Oklahoma in three consecutive years.

Texas jumped out to an early lead in the first half and never really looked back from there. It was huge for the Longhorns to have senior big man Dylan Disu active for this game. Disu gave Texas a scoring boost as the only Longhorn to score in double figures in the first half.

A huge scoring outburst in the second half significantly extended Texas's lead over Oklahoma, which was a five-point margin at halftime. Texas scored 54 points in the second half to get the 94-80 win over the Sooners.

The win over Oklahoma gives Texas its 20th win to close out the regular season and brings the team up to .500 in conference play. Depending on how games play out later in the day for the BYU Cougars and TCU Horned Frogs, Texas finish the regular season in the top half of the Big 12 standings.

Here are two studs and one dud from the Longhorns comfortable regular season finale win over Oklahoma on March 9.

Stud: Dylan Disu, C

After suffering a knee sprain in the second half of Texas's road loss in Waco on March 4 to the No. 11 Baylor Bears, Disu's availability was uncertain entering the Oklahoma game this weekend. But Disu gave it a go for the Longhorns and provided an immediate spark on the offensive end in the first half.

Not only did Disu open the scoring in this game for the Longhorns, but he was also the team leader in points heading into the locker room at halftime.

Disu's minutes were limited in the second half, possibly due to restrictions based on the knee injury and some early foul trouble. But the time that Disu was on the floor was very productive for the Longhorns.

Excluding the Baylor game, where he only played 10 minutes due to the knee injury and a stomach bug that kept him out of the starting lineup, Disu has now scored at least 15 points for the third straight game in Big 12 play.

Disu also gave Texas a critical boost on the boards in the first half. He pulled in five first-half rebounds, which helped keep Texas competitive with Oklahoma in the battle on the boards.

This game illustrates how important Disu is for the Longhorns. His health is critical for Texas to be able to make a deep run in the Big 12 Tournament and then the NCAA Tournament in a few weeks.