March 1, 2010
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Senior Damion James scored 24 points in his final home game for struggling Texas, and the Longhorns rallied for an 87-76 win over Oklahoma on Monday night.
Earlier in the day, Texas (23-7, 9-6 Big 12) became the first team since Indiana in 1980 to reach No. 1 and then later drop out of The Associated Press rankings. Texas started 17-0 to reach No. 1 for the first time in school history in January.
Tony Crocker scored 24 points to lead Oklahoma (13-16, 4-11), which led by 11 early in the second half. The Sooners have lost seven in a row.
J'Covan Brown, who was carted off the floor after a hard fall against Texas A&M two days earlier, didn't start but finished with 15 points and five assists for Texas.
Jordan Hamilton had 12 points and 11 rebounds and Dexter Pittman and Gary Johnson each scored 14 points for the Longhorns, who shot 54 percent. James, the Big 12's career leader in rebounds, had eight boards. Texas outrebounded Oklahoma 38-21.
Cade Davis scored 22 points, much of it coming during a first-half flurry of 3-pointers, for Oklahoma. The Sooners made 10 3s but hit only three after halftime.
Both teams shot better than 50 percent in the first when Oklahoma appeared ready to pile even more misery on their rivals.
The Sooners beat the Longhorns earlier this season and looked capable of their first season sweep since 2005. Oklahoma built an early 23-10 lead behind three consecutive 3-pointers by Davis before Texas rallied.
The Longhorns started little-used guard Jai Lucas for Brown, but he had just one basket in 21 minutes. It was Brown's 3-pointer that pulled Texas even at 38-all before Oklahoma's Tiny Gallon hit a short jumper at the halftime buzzer.
The Sooners quickly pushed the lead back to 11 after the break. Crocker opened the second half with a backdoor dunk that started a 9-0 run.
But Crocker had to leave the game briefly after turning his ankle, and Texas rallied again.
James' pass to Pittman for an alley-oop dunk tied it at 56-all. Brown's floating bank shot with 9:08 to play then gave Texas its first lead before James hit a tough basket in the lane.
The Sooners never challenged for the lead again as the shots that were falling in the first half started bouncing out. Crocker and Davis missed open 3-pointers, and Texas stretched its lead to 68-60 when Pittman made a layup. Brown's driving layup with 2:12 to play put Texas up by 11.