Austin, Texas – Senior Marcus Carr registered a team-high 14 points at pace No. 23/22 Texas (14-5, 4-3 Big 12) to a 56-51 win against Oklahoma State (10-8, 3-4 Big 12) on Saturday afternoon to Frank Erwin Center. The Longhorns, who started the game and led the nation in scoring defense (55.2 ppg), improved to 14-0 this season as they kept their opponents under 60 points.
Carr hit 2-for-5 three-pointers and was a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line, adding four rebounds and two assists in 32 minutes. Senior Tre Mitchell posted 12 points (2-4 threes), and senior Timmy Allen scored 11 points (5-9 FG), eight rebounds, three assists, two steals and one blocked shot in 31 minutes. Senior Courtney Ramey also reached double figures in scoring with 10 points and a season-high seven rebounds in 39 minutes.
Defense and free throw shooting proved the difference for the Longhorns in their win. Texas limited the state of Oklahoma to 51 points when shooting 37.5 percent field goals (21-56), including a 2-of-9 mark (.222) from the three-point range. The Longhorns also put 14-of-16 off the line, including a 12-of-13 in the bottom half.
Texas raced to a 13-0 lead after a christian bishop dunk at 4:16 p.m., as the Longhorns reversed their first three attempts from outside the arc. The Cowboys responded with a 16-0 run in the next 10 minutes to take a 16-13 tie after an Isaac Likekele jumper with 6:17 left. A three-pointer from Carr at 6:01 ended a 10:15 scoreless drought for the Longhorns and tied the game at 16-16.
Oklahoma State built a 20-16 lead on a D. Williams jumper with 3:46 left and held the lead for the rest of the half. A layup by Bishop with 29 seconds left put Texas at 27-25 at the break.
The Longhorns scored the first four runs of the second half to take a 29-27 lead after a layup from Ramey at 17:27. After a free throw by Bryce Thompson made the game 29-29 with 16:26 left, Texas used a Dylan Dissu putback and an Allen jumper to grab a 33-29 cushion at 2:44 PM. The Longhorns did not relinquish the lead for the remainder of the game.
A free throw from Avery Anderson III took the Cowboys 39-37 at 8:05, but Texas responded with a 9-2 run in the next two minutes to build a 48-39 lead after a pair of Carr- free throws with 5:50 left. After Oklahoma State narrowed the margin to three points (50-47), Mitchell hit a jumper from the foul line to give the Longhorns a 52-47 tie with 56 seconds left. Ramey hit a pair of free throws with 11 seconds left, and Carr set up two free throws with five seconds left to seal the win.
Texas will be back in action when it travels to TCU on Tuesday, January 25. Tip is scheduled for 8 p.m. Central at the Schollmaier Arena, and the game will be broadcast nationally by ESPNU.
Texas Basketball Postgame Notes
#23/22 Texas 56, Oklahoma State 51
January 22, 2022
Frank Erwin Center (Austin, Texas)
- The Longhorns improved to 55-47 in the all-time series against Oklahoma State.
- UT has won 15 of its last 18 Austin games against the Cowboys.
- Texas has won 21 of its last 34 games in the series against Oklahoma State.
- Texas improved to 545-141 all-time at the Frank Erwin Center. The Longhorns are 273-58 at the Erwin Center over the past 20 seasons (dating back to the start of the 2002-03 season), including an 11-1 point in 2021-22.
- The Longhorns limited Oklahoma State to 51 points on 37.5 percent FG shots (21-56), including a 2-of-9 mark (.222) from the three-point range.
- UT improved to 14-0 this year as it kept its opponent under 60 points.
- Texas converted 14-of-16 from the free throw line (.875), including a 12-of-13 run (.923) in the bottom half.
- The UT only allowed eight assists and forced 15 turnovers in the afternoon.
- The Longhorns posted a plus-six (38-32) rebound margin.
- Texas opened the game with a 13-0 run over the first 3:44.
- Achieved double figures for the 14th time this year (19 games) and 85th in his career (104 games) (11 points)
- Reached double figures in scoring (team-high 14 points) for the 11th time this year (19 games) and 75th in his career (111 games)
- Converted 8-of-8 free throws in the afternoon and now has 19-of-20 free throws in his last two games
- Has now recorded at least one blocked shot in nine of his first 11 matches
- Achieved double figures for the eighth time this year (18 games) and 49th in his career (62 games) (12 points)
- Tied his season high in three-point field goals made (2-4)
- Reached double figures in scoring (10 points) for the eighth time this year (19 games) and 65th in his career (113 games)
- Set season highs in rebounds (seven) and minutes (39)