STILLWATER, Okla. — The biggest sports story in Oklahoma on Saturday was Kevin Durant’s return with the Warriors for a prime-time, mega-matchup against the Thunder.
But Oklahoma State fans carved out some time during the day to watch their Cowboys handle Durant’s alma mater with relative ease.
In what felt like a massive setback for coach Shaka Smart, Texas got hammered in an 84-71 loss at Gallagher-Iba Arena. The Horns are now 0-8 in true road games this season. It got so bad at one point, Oklahoma State fans even started chanting “Kansas football” at the Longhorns.
As with most games, Texas (10-15, 4-8 Big 12) was in this one early and led 17-15 and eventually got up by eight. But OSU simply stomped on the gas at that point and pulled away.
Jarrett Allen had 18 points and Andrew Jones scored 16 and Kerwin Roach Jr. added 13 more. But the Cowboys (16-9, 5-7) got terrific outings from Phil Forte III and Jeffrey Carroll. Both had 18 points each as Oklahoma State shot 50 percent overall. It’s the second consecutive road game UT has allowed the opponent to shoot 50 percent or better.
This was yet another delightful day for the NBA scouts watching and drooling over Allen. He had dunks, tough rebounds and twice read the play for steals. Allen was 9 for 13 shooting and had 10 rebounds.
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Maybe it’s the Austin weather, too many things to do or just plain apathy about the topic, but Texas has never been good at free throws. Neither is this team. The Longhorns, currently ninth in free throw shooting in the Big 12, were 3 for 9 from the stripe in the first half. Allen himself was 0 for 5. It didn’t get much better after the break as the Horns finished the day 9 for 18 at the stripe.
There were some incredible moments for the season-ending highlight reel. Andrew Jones had an electric move in traffic to score and draw a foul. Jarrett Allen twice stepped into the passing lane for easy turnovers. After one steal, he went the length of the floor and threw down an epic, one-handed jam. OSU’s Davon Dillard also deserves praise in this space for his one-handed monster slam after a missed shot in the second half.
It was stunning how fast the game turned after Allen’s third dunk of the first half with 7:32 before the break. He threw the ball into the backcourt, which led to an OSU dunk. Then, Jacob Young turned it over and Phil Forte III drilled a fadeaway 3-pointer. The Cowboys turned it on for a 13-0 run to take a 35-25 lead.
The Longhorns planned on traveling back to Austin after Saturday’s game but will be right back up this way on Monday night. Texas faces Oklahoma on Tuesday in Norman. The Sooners currently have sole possession of last place in the Big 12 standings.
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