STILLWATER, Okla. — Texas is just not meant to have any success in Stillwater this athletic year, apparently.
The football team suffered a rather humiliating defeat here during the fall. The Texas men’s basketball team suffered a similar fate on Tuesday during an embarrassing 61-58 loss at Gallagher-Iba Arena.
Oklahoma State (7-8, 1-2 Big 12) out-played, out-classed and basically out-everything else you can imagine. Texas (10-5, 2-1) was aiming to post its first 3-0 start in league play since the 2010-11 season. The Horns were 2-for-22 shooting from 3-point range and lost the battle on the boards by eight.
Texas used a 9-0 flurry to climb back into the game in the second half, but Lindy Waters buried a critical 3-pointer with 5:47 left to make it a nine-point game. This was the same group of Cowboys that needed 11 minutes, 42 seconds just to score 10 points in the second half.
Still, Oklahoma State had a 10-point lead with 5:15 remaining but wilted due to Texas’ full-court “diamond” press. Kerwin Roach II scored on a driving layup and then hit three of four free throws to help get the Horns back within three.
Matt Coleman III hit a quick layup with 11.9 seconds left to get Texas within one. But OSU’s Isaac Likekele hit two free throws, and Courtney Ramey missed a desperation 3-pointer just before the buzzer.
Oklahoma State’s Cameron McGriff, a junior from Grand Prairie, isn’t going to be fazed by those in burnt orange. He led a rather impressive 12-2 run in the first half that gave the Cowboys some breathing room. That included a turnaround jumper over Jaxson Hayes and a thunderous dunk after the Pokes just shredded the Horns’ full-court press. He finished with 12 points and eight rebounds.
Reserve sophomore Royce Hamm Jr. knows he doesn’t get many opportunities. So he makes it count with effort and hustle. He scored twice in the second half to spark a 9-0 run that got the Horns back in it. Back-to-back buckets, a Roach 3-pointer and then another layup cut the deficit down to 48-41 as the Cowboys fans started getting anxious.
Texas put on a rather epic display of sloppiness late in the first half. The Horns somehow committed five turnovers in the last 2:05. Two of those were by Ramey. Coleman cut to the basket, and Ramey threw it clear out of bounds. Two possessions later, he dribbled the ball off his foot, and it rolled out of bounds. The Horns had nine turnovers at the break in what easily qualifies as one of their worst 20 minutes of the season.
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Just how bad was UT’s shooting in the first half? It took 10 minutes, 31 seconds for the Longhorns to score 10 points against the third-worst defensive unit in the Big 12. When Roach drove and scored on an off-balance layup, it felt like Texas truly accomplished something.
At that point, the Cowboys had a 15-10 lead as the Horns were 4-for-15 from the floor and 0-for-6 from long range. Texas finished the first half 10-for-27 (37 percent) and 0-for-9 from downtown.
This was supposed to be an easy win. But now, Texas comes back home and the schedule gets considerably tougher. No. 8 Texas Tech visits the Erwin Center this weekend, and then Texas will travel to face No. 7 Kansas on Monday.
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