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January 21, 2013

Sooners recover to beat Texas; Baylor drops OSU


Phoenix wire reports

— NORMAN – Senior forward Romero Osby scored a career-high 29 points as the Oklahoma men’s basketball team defeated Texas, 73-67, Monday evening at the Lloyd Noble Center.

The Sooners avoided losing consecutive games for the first time this season, following a loss up with a convincing win for the fourth time.

Osby, who shot 9-of-15 and also led OU with eight rebounds, took over for the Sooners on several occasions. Osby’s third 3-pointer of the year with 12:26 left in the game gave OU its first double-digit lead of the game (48-36) and kickstarted nine consecutive points by the senior.

This was after Osby scored OU’s final nine points of the first half to help the Sooners recover from their biggest deficit (24-19) of the game and take a 30-26 lead into the locker room.

Off to its worst start to conference play since 1976, Texas (8-10, 0-5) had no answer for Osby after top rebounder Jonathan Holmes left with a right wrist injury with just under 7 minutes left in the first half. Osby checked back into the game about 3 minutes later and took over.

Junior forward Amath M’Baye, who scored 15 for OU, completed several alley-oop dunks that sent the LNC crowd into a frenzy. Freshman guard Buddy Hield, who recorded 12 points, was on the other end of a few of those highlight reel plays, leading OU with four assists.

Senior guard Sam Grooms hit a free throw with 1:45 remaining to give the Sooners a 69-58 lead, as OU seemingly had the victory in hand.

Texas’ Jaylen Bond split a pair of free throws and Ioannis Papaetrou nailed back-to-back 3-pointers to shrink OU’s lead to 69-65 with a minute left.

Grooms split a pair of free throws of his own to put OU back up five, the Sooners followed it up with a defensive stop and Osby iced the game with two more free throws.



OSU falls to Baylor

WACO, Texas – Baylor’s Pierre Jackson hit two 3-pointers and a tough inside basket in an 83-second span of the second half, while Isaiah Austin and  Cory Jefferson finished with double-doubles and combining for 11 blocked shots as the Bears beat Oklahoma State 64-54 on Monday.

Austin, the 7-foot-1 freshman, had 10 points, 14 rebounds and five blocked shots for his seventh double-double for Baylor (13-5, 4-1 Big 12). Jefferson had 11 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks.

Jackson had only five points in the game’s first 24 minutes before his quick eight-point spurt pushed Baylor ahead by 10 points. Unlike their double-digit lead in the first half, the Bears held on this time.

Le’Bryan Nash had 24 points for Oklahoma State (12-5, 2-3), including 10 in their 11-2 run going into halftime for a 28-27 lead.