Men's Hoops Leads Until End, Falls 72-64

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
FEBRUARY 29, 2012

(14-15, 4-13)
  1st 2nd F
 Oklahoma 37 27 64
 Texas 33 39 72
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(19-11, 9-8)
 Stat Comparison OU UT
 Points 64 72
 FG Made-Attempted 26-60 27-61
 FG Percentage 43.3% 44.3%
 3P Made/Attempted 4-9 6-24
 3P Percentage 44.4% 25.0%
 FT Made-Attempted 8-11 12-18
 FT Percentage 72.7% 66.7%
 Rebounds 34 35
 Turnovers 16 13
 Individual Leaders
 Stat  Oklahoma  Texas
 Points  Osby (14)  McClellan (24)
 Rebounds  Clark (11)  Bond (8)
 Assists  Blair (4)  Kabongo (9)
 Steals  Blair (3)  3 Players (3)
 Blocks  3 Players (3)  None
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AUSTIN, Texas -- Freshman Sheldon McClellan scored a career-high 24 points and Texas rallied to a 72-64 win over Oklahoma on Wednesday night, avoiding what could have been a devastating blow to the Longhorns' NCAA tournament hopes.

McClellan's 3-pointer gave Texas (19-11, 9-8) its first lead, 59-58, with about six minutes left. He had a dunk in an 8-0 Texas burst in the final three minutes that opened a comfortable lead.

The win guarantees Texas will finish at least .500 in the Big 12, a critical mark for a team hoping to make its 14th consecutive tournament appearance. Texas closes the regular season Saturday at No. 3 Kansas.

Texas has won six in a row over Oklahoma (14-14, 4-13) and 13 of the last 15 meetings.

Romero Osby led Oklahoma with 14 points.

J'Covan Brown, the Big 12's leading scorer, added 22 points for the Longhorns, who trailed by 12 early but rallied to avoid a bad loss to a Sooners team that ranks near the bottom of the Big 12 under first-year coach Lon Kruger. The Sooners have lost eight of their last nine games.

Oklahoma was in position to snatch a win over Texas if not for McClellan's big game that may have saved Texas' season. The Sooners started the game on a blistering shooting pace, making 10 of their first 15 shots. Oklahoma eventually cooled off, however, and McClellan led the Longhorns' rally.

Texas took the lead after three 3-pointers in a row: two by Brown from the left corner and another by McClellan from the right.

McClellan then missed two consecutive 3-point tries, but a basket by Johnathan Holmes put the Longhorns ahead 64-62. The Sooners missed four shots on their next possession before Brown made a tough, left-handed layup, McClellan dunked and Brown got another basket to push the Texas lead to eight with 1:31 to play.



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