By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
FEBRUARY 27, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Myck Kabongo scored 32 points and made
an off-balance jumper at the buzzer to force overtime, and Texas rallied from
22 points down in the second half to beat Oklahoma 92-86 Wednesday night.
Kabongo scored Texas' first six points in overtime, opening the period with
a 3-pointer to give Texas its first lead since early in the first half.
Romero Osby scored 31 for Oklahoma (18-9, 10-5 Big 12), which led 67-45 on a
dunk by Amath M'Baye with 7:54 to play in regulation. Texas stormed back behind
a 13-0 run that flipped momentum.
"Very disappointing," Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said. "We played well for 32
minutes, and we let it slip away. It's going to hurt for a while. ... Kabongo
is terrific. He makes them a lot different -- he's an elite player, and it shows."
Sheldon McClellan scored 17 for Texas (13-15, 5-10), including three free throws
with 9.5 seconds left. Osby missed one of two free throws on the other end,
setting up Kabongo's desperation shot that tied it at 77.
Steven Pledger scored 18 for Oklahoma on six 3-pointers but made just one after
halftime. The Sooners have lost eight in a row in Austin.
Oklahoma was well on its way to ending that losing skid when the Sooners shot
a blistering 71 percent in the first half.
"Momentum changes," Texas coach Rick Barnes said. "I'm sitting here thinking
to myself, 'What just happened?' But it happened."
Kabongo led the way, showing everything Texas missed while he sat out a 23-game
NCAA-imposed suspension. In just his fifth game back, Kabongo drove the basket,
dished out six assists and stepped outside for 3-pointers.
In overtime, Kabongo's long 3-pointer gave Texas its first lead since midway
through the first half. He followed it with a free throw and a tough layup that
put Texas up 83-81.
"I've seen a lot of games, but I don't know if I've ever seen anything like
this one. I am proud of them and the way they responded because of all the things
we have been through," Barnes said.
McClellan made two more free throws and Ioannis Papapetrou made a long 3-pointer
from the left wing to put Texas ahead 88-84 with 48 seconds left.
The Sooners return to action Saturday, March 2, to host Iowa State at 12:30
p.m. CT at the Lloyd Noble Center, while celebrating Senior Day. The women's
basketball team follows at the LNC with a 7 p.m. tip-off vs. Kansas. Fans can
attend both games for $20 by purchasing tickets