After splitting a pair of one-point outcomes last season, the Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma State Cowboys met for the first time this season in Stillwater on Tuesday evening. The game came down to the wire, just as the previous two meetings did. Except this time Oklahoma State came out on top with a 63-60 win over Texas.
The Longhorns fall to 10-5 overall and 2-1 in Big 12 play, while the Cowboys improve to 7-8 overall and 1-2 in Big 12 play.
A woeful shooting night beyond the arc — 2-for-22 (9.1%) — cost the Longhorns in this one. Despite shooting that badly and trailing by 17 points at halftime, Texas fought back into this game and nearly came out with a win.
Kerwin Roach Jr. willed the Horns back with 12 second-half points on 4-of-6 shooting. He finished with 18 points and seven rebounds.
Lindy Waters led the way for Oklahoma State with 19 points and nine rebounds. He was perfect 5-for-5 from three and 4-for-4 from the line.
Entering this game winless in conference play, head coach Mike Boynton had his team ready to play tonight. They outworked the Longhorns on both ends of the floor and came out with hard-earned victory.
Shaka Smart’s team, on the other hand, got out-played on almost all phases of the game tonight — Oklahoma State’s zone defense disrupted the flow of Texas’ offense and forced them to play much more hesitant. Shots were forced and didn’t come easily offensively. The Cowboys had 12 offensive rebounds and attempted eight more foul shots.
After Oklahoma State got out to a quick 5-0 start, Osetkowski got Texas on the board at the 17:40 mark with an and-one play. Other than that early bucket, Texas started out 1-for-10 shooting from the field.
Waters provided the spark and was the difference early on. He started off 4-for-4 from three — two of which were wide open looks and the other two were heavily contested.
The rest of the Cowboys fed off of Waters’ hot start and buried the Longhorns early on. After leading 12-8 halfway through the first half, Oklahoma State went on a 20-6 run in a hurry to make it 32-14 with under five minutes remaining in the half.
Jaxson Hayes was the lone bright spot for Texas in the first half. He had two blocks on the defensive end, including a NBA-like swat to deny a dunk attempt by Yor Anei.
Matt Coleman picked up that always important second foul with 4:09 left in the half. This turned out be costly, as it led to a barrage of five turnovers in the last 2:07 to keep the Longhorns from cutting into the large deficit. Oklahoma State led 39-22 at the break.
Texas came out of the break playing with much more energy on the defensive end. But, a quick 8-2 run was halted after Kerwin Roach II knocked the ball out of a defender’s hands going into a commercial timeout. He was called for a technical foul and it gave the Cowboys two free points at the line. (This turned out to be costly.)
Just like the first half, Oklahoma State continued to outwork Texas on the glass to extend offensive possessions and control the tempo of the game.
Trailing 48-32 at the under-12 timeout, Royce Hamm Jr. provided a spark off the bench. His energy at the top of the diamond press and aggression at the offensive end led to a quick 4-0 run of his own.
The 0-for-13 three-point drought was finally ended by Roach on a pull-up three to get the Longhorns within single digits at 48-39. After a couple of more misses beyond the arc, Jase Febres knocked down his first three of the game to pull within eight points.
An and-one alley-oop dunk from Hayes on a nice feed from Eli Mitrou-Long made it a six-point game. However, Waters responded with another deep, cold-blooded three with a defender in his face to extend their lead to 56-47.
After Coleman knocked down a pair of free throws, Smart brought the full-court pressure with 3:39 left, causing havoc with the Oklahoma State offense as Texas forced two turnovers from the pressure that led to baskets on the other end both times. All of a sudden it was a 57-54 ballgame with 1:37 left.
Isaac Likekele answered for the Cowboys with a nice driving layup to make it 59-54.
A beautiful drive and dish from Coleman to Hayes brought it back to a one possession game. After traded scores on both ends, the Longhorns had one last chance down 61-58 with just over 10 seconds left. Unfortunately, the comeback fell just short when an ugly final possession resulted in Ramey bricking a three as time expired.
This loss could hurt the Longhorns come March, especially since Oklahoma State is under .500 nearly halfway through the season. Texas returns to the Erwin Center on Saturday for an important home game against No. 8 Texas Tech at 1 p.m. Central on Longhorn Network.