STILLWATER, Okla. — Oklahoma State’s Yankuba Sima scored on a putback with 6 seconds left, and Texas guard Jacob Young missed a last-gasp 3-point attempt as the Cowboys escaped with a 65-64 victory.
It was a frustrating end to a difficult week. The basketball gods may have helped Texas escape with a double-overtime victory over TCU. But in Gallagher-Iba Arena, the Horns gave away a 12-point lead and let the crowd pump life into the Cowboys late.
The Horns needed somebody to answer the bell, and Davis did. The junior had a career-high 22 points on Wednesday against TCU. He came out sizzling against OSU. He drilled a 3-pointer and then hit a spinning, fading jumper to give Texas a first-half spark. He finished the half with 15 points and was 6 of 8 shooting. His 3-pointer with 6:33 remaining gave Texas an 11-point lead.
Matt Coleman picked up two early fouls and had to sit down. But Smart watched two possessions and sent him back into the fray with 13:59 left in the first half almost out of necessity. Coleman stayed out of foul trouble and came to life in the second half, directing traffic and basically being himself.
ANDREW JONES UPDATE
On Friday, Texas officials opened a family-approved donation website for those who wish to help guard Andrew Jones and his battle with leukemia. Within eight hours, the fund crossed the $50,000 mark. By Saturday afternoon, the fund had more than $75,000.
— Cowboy Basketball (@OSUMBB) January 13, 2018
Mo Bamba absolutely must insert himself more into the offense. Through the first 15 minutes, he had just two shots — both were missed 3-pointers late in the shot clock. Granted, the Cowboys double-teamed Bamba when he got the ball in the paint. But Bamba wasn’t exactly fighting to get open, either.
As the season progresses, Bamba must become assertive. And he was in the second half, hitting a short jumper and a 3-pointer to give UT a 10-point lead. That was the wake-up call. He finished with XXX points.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Texas carved its niche in non-conference play with its defense. Opponents are shooting just 39.3 percent, which is the second-best total in the Big 12. This was a day when the Horns needed to suffocate its opponent, and that’s what they did. Oklahoma State shot 36 percent in the first half and was 2 of 8 from 3-point range.
Wednesday’s home game suddenly looks huge. Believe it or not, No. 8 Texas Tech is tied for first place in the league standings after Saturday’s home win over No. 2 West Virginia. The red-hot Red Raiders got 20 points from Keenan Evans in a stunning 72-71 upset win at home. Head coach Chris Beard is a Texas-ex who graduated in 1995 with a kinesiology degree. Now, he’s bringing the Big 12’s hottest team to the Erwin Center.
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