Feb 10, 2003

By JIM VERTUNO
AP Sports Writer

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Brandon Mouton scored 14 points and Royal Ivey hit the key 3-pointer as No. 6 Texas defeated No. 5 Oklahoma 67-61 Monday night, snapping an eight-game losing streak against the Sooners.

The Longhorns (16-4, 7-2 Big 12) hadn't beaten their border rivals since Jan. 15, 2000. The skid included three straight defeats in the Big 12 tournament and an overtime loss in Austin last season.

Hollis Price scored 23 points for Oklahoma (16-4, 7-2), which dropped out of a tie for first place in the conference with Oklahoma State and Kansas.

A crowd of 15,783 came to the Frank Erwin Center - easily the most raucous crowd in Texas coach Rick Barnes' five years in Austin - eager to see Texas end the losing streak. When the final buzzer sounded, hundreds of students rushed the floor to mob the Texas players and sing "The Eyes of Texas" with the pep band.

Texas, which led most of the game, was ahead 55-54 when Ivey nailed his second 3-pointer to give the Longhorns a four-point lead with 2:11 left to play.

The Sooners, used to getting the best of Texas, got to 60-59 on Price's fifth 3-pointer before Texas' Jason Klotz dropped in a turnaround jumper. Texas made 5-of-6 free throws down the stretch to seal the win.

Ivey finished with 14 points. James Thomas got his 10th double-double of the season with 11 points and 16 rebounds.

Kevin Bookout scored 12 points and Quannas White had 10 for the Sooners, who outshot Texas 42 percent to 39 percent but were outrebounded 42-34.

The Sooners, who commit the fewest turnovers in the Big 12, had 14, and Texas turned them into 15 points.

Texas started quickly, hitting 12 of its first 21 shots and taking a 28-14 lead. The Sooners rallied behind Price, who hit consecutive 3-pointers, and closed the gap to 31-28 with 1:44 left in the half.

Texas stretched the lead to 36-28 and had a chance to seize momentum before Brian Boddicker, the team's best 3-point shooter, missed. Price then hit his fourth 3-pointer on the other end with 1.8 seconds left to make it 36-31 at halftime.

Oklahoma briefly held the lead in the second half when Ebi Ere's 3-pointer made it 45-43 with 14:06 to play. A layup by Thomas and a jumper by Ivey put Texas back on top, and the Longhorns didn't trail again.