No. 10 Texas will be looking for a regular-season win over stubborn Oklahoma State when the two teams go head-to-head in another matchup in the Big 12 Conference gauntlet on Tuesday in Austin, Texas.
The Longhorns defeated Oklahoma State in their first away game on January 7. Both come into play on Tuesday in which they enjoy dismal victories on Saturday, with Texas taking on West Virginia 69-61 away and the Cowboys beating No. 12 Iowa State 61-59 at home.
Texas (16-3, 5-2 Big 12) was led by Marcus Carr’s 23 points, six of which came in the 2-20 final as the Longhorns recovered from a loss at Iowa State on Tuesday. Dylan Disu added 13 points for the Longhorns, with Tyrese Hunter and Christian Bishop scoring 11 each.
Saturday’s game was tied with just under 11 minutes to go before Texas took command, building a seven-point lead over Timmy Allen’s two free throws with 4:36 and allowing the Mountaineers no closer than two points the rest of the way.
Carr scored the last six points of the game and Texas held the Mountaineers without a field goal past the final 4:23. Carr scored 19 of his points in the second half.
“Marcus has kept the game coming his way all year,” said Texas caretaker coach Rodney Terry. “He doesn’t come out and force it. As soon as he sees basketball going through the hoop, a lot opens up for him. It really creates a whole different way of moving on that end of the floor.”
The Longhorns are 9-2 under Terry since Chris Beard was suspended on Dec. 12.
Oklahoma State (11-8, 3-4 Big 12) rebounded from a 16-point deficit in the first half and stopped when Iowa State had shots to equal or win on its last two possessions.
Avery Anderson III matched his season-high with 18 points, 14 of them after halftime, and Kalib Boone added 13 points for the Cowboys. Oklahoma State shot 61.1 percent from the floor in the second half, but its defense turned the game as the Cowboys held Iowa State to 39.7 percent.
“We’re going to be able to compete with anyone if we defend at the level we’re capable of,” said Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton. “And on a night of recording, we have a chance to beat anybody in the country.”
It was the second straight game the Cowboys had passed and recovered at halftime to win. In the Big 12, where every game is a war, Oklahoma State has found many ways to deliver the winning blow.
It was the Cowboys’ first win in five games this season against teams in the top 25.
“That’s to be expected. You expect it to be a fight and a grind, and you just expect someone to come up and make plays in the last four minutes and do it at a really, really high level,” Boynton added. “Several guys came out today and made meaningful plays.”
–Field level media