Oklahoma Sooners guard Buddy Hield (24) controls the ball against Texas Longhorns guard Isaiah Taylor (1) during the first half at the Frank Erwin Special Events Center. Oklahoma beat Texas 88-55.
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Buddy Hield scored 22 points and hit 4 of Oklahoma’s 13 3-pointers, tying a season-high in an 88-85 win over Texas on Saturday.
After knocking down 10 of 16 3-pointers in the first half, the Sooners (12-2, 1-0 Big 12) cooled off after halftime. They were still able to win their Big 12 opener despite the Longhorns (11-3, 0-1) starting the second half on a 10-2 run and losing Isaiah Cousins after he was ejected for committing his second technical foul with 2:20 remaining.
Oklahoma hit just 5 of 16 2-pointers in the first 20 minutes of the game, but held a 43-39 halftime lead. The Sooners trailed for most of the second half before erasing a seven-point deficit when Hield hit his fourth 3-pointer of the game.
Javan Felix, who scored a career-high 28 points for Texas, hit a pair of free throws after Isaiah Cousins was ejected to tie the game at 78. Jordan Woodward answered with four straight points – two from the free throw line with 1:53 left and two more on a layup with 1:08 remaining.
With Oklahoma leading 88-85, Woodward missed two free throws with 15 seconds left to give Texas a chance to tie the game. A potentially game-tying 3-pointer by Damarcus Croaker was off the mark.
Cameron Clark, who averaged a Big 12-best 18.5 points per game entering the contest was held to 8 points on 1 of 9 shooting from the floor but got plenty of help from his teammates – 13 points apiece from Cousins and Neal, along with 12 from Woodward and 11 from Ryan Spangler.
Felix connected on just 2 of his last 9 shots from the floor after starting 8 of 10 from the field. The Longhorns also got a career-high 15 points from Croaker, who hit 5 of 8 attempts from beyond the arc.
Oklahoma avoided losing consecutive games for the first time this year despite being outscored 42-20 in the paint and outrebounded 39-28. The Sooners face No. 16 Kansas in their Big 12 home opener Wednesday while Texas takes on No. 6 Oklahoma State in its Big 12 road opener.