1:00 PM ET, February 8, 2004
Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Maybe Oklahoma should have sent its football team.Texas put on a masterful defensive display Sunday, holding Oklahoma to its lowest scoring effort in nearly 50 years in a 66-37 victory.The Longhorns (No. 14 ESPN/USA Today, No. 11 AP) held the 22nd-ranked Sooners to 26 percent shooting, including a 1-of-21 from 3-point range. Oklahoma's point total matched the 37 points the football team scored on Texas in the first half of a 65-13 win in October."We got after it defensively," said Texas' Royal Ivey. "We were getting at a lot of loose balls. Just playing hard and playing scrappy."Texas shot just 35 percent and committed 14 turnovers but it didn't matter against a Sooners team that couldn't shoot straight.After hitting 12 3-pointers in a win over Iowa State, the Sooners struggled to their lowest scoring total since a 38-34 loss to Oklahoma A&M in 1955."I don't think we ever dreamed we'd go 1-for-21 3-point shooting. It's a pretty good recipe for a bad offensive night," said Oklahoma coach Kelvin Sampson. "Texas is a pretty good basketball team, but we're not that bad."Boddicker and Brandon Mouton scored 13 points apiece for the Longhorns (16-3, 7-1) in a surprisingly easy win in a tough rivalry. The Longhorns have won three in a row over the Sooners."February is a month that separates a lot of teams," said Texas coach Rick Barnes. "The season is over a month from today. This time of year you've got to get better and find a way mentally."De'Angelo Alexander scored 12 to lead Oklahoma (14-5, 4-4).The teams combined for 21 turnovers in the first half. The Sooners hit just 8 of 28 shots in the half and went 0-for-9 from 3-point range.Sampson said his team seemed nervous. Center Jabahri Brown was in foul trouble most of the game and guards Lawrence McKenzie and Drew Lavender combined for 4-of-17 shooting and 1-of-9 on 3-pointers."At timeouts, we weren't teaching Xs and Os, we were just trying to settle them down," he said.Mouton scored Texas' first nine points as the Longhorns built a 25-16 lead before Sydmill Harris and Boddicker each hit 3-pointers. Boddicker also dunked following a missed fast-break layup and the Longhorns led 35-20 at halftime.The Longhorns led 40-23 in the second when P.J. Tucker muscled a loose ball away from two Sooners and passed to Ivey from his back. Ivey started the fast break and found Boddicker in the corner for a 3-pointer.Oklahoma's Brandon Foust was called for a technical foul well behind the play and Boddicker hit both free throws. Texas led 45-23 with 13:34 to play and the game was out of reach.The Longhorns held Oklahoma to just two field goals over the first 12 minutes of the second half."Every time they shot we had a hand in their face," Boddicker said.Oklahoma tried to shoot its way back in but got nothing to fall. Lawrence McKenzie air-balled a 3-pointer, Alexander came up limping after committing a foul on a Texas fast break and the Longhorns built a 30-point lead at 58-28 with eight minutes to play.Drew Lavender hit Oklahoma's only 3-pointer with 2:25 to play.Unlike last year, when Texas fans stormed the court after a 67-61 win, many started leaving early as the game got out of reach.Texas retired former guard T.J. Ford's No. 11 jersey at halftime. He won the Naismith and Wooden awards last year as the nation's best player and last season led the Longhorns to their first Final Four since 1947.Ford is the first basketball player to have his number retired at Texas, joining football Heisman Trophy winners Earl Campbell (No. 20) and Ricky Williams (No. 34) and pitcher Roger Clemens (No. 21).
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