7:00 PM ET, March 12, 2004
American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
Drew Lavender tried backing down defenders in the lane when he lost the ball on a spin move, leaving it behind him. When he went to retrieve it, he knocked the ball to Mouton, who was quickly fouled with 5.8 seconds left. He made both shots."Those were some clutch free throws," teammate Jason Klotz said. "We're proud that he had the guts to step up and make those."The Sooners gave Lavender the final shot, a running 3-pointer, but it came up short.OU went 3-of-7 from the line during its collapse. Oklahoma's final field goal came with 3:13 left and the final points were with 1:29 to go."They made the plays down the stretch, we did not," said Jason Detrick, OU's only senior. "We had all the chances, but did not take advantage of them."Still, the Sooners can be proud of how they played under difficult circumstances. After all, they have only eight players, four of them freshman. Two fouled out and three others played with four fouls."Our margin of error was not wide," Sampson said. "You can analyze it, dice it, chop it, splice it all you want. A play here or there and Oklahoma wins the game."Alexander led the Sooners with 15 points, Brandon Foust had 11 and Detrick scored 10. Lavender had eight, with five turnovers.Texas freshman P.J. Tucker matched Mouton with 16 points, his most in 15 games, but fouled out with 1:29 left. Klotz made all five of his shots and scored 13 in his first start since the opener.The comeback was the biggest of the season for UT, topping a 10-point rally over Texas Tech. In that 62-61 victory, Mouton forced overtime with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer. He also had a streak of five straight 20-plus games in February before his recent cold stretch."He's a big person in terms of the way he carries himself," Barnes said. "Our players know he's going to compete, even when he struggles."The Longhorns have now beaten their Red River rivals five straight times, extending their longest streak in the series. Oklahoma had won the previous eight. OU also had knocked UT out of the conference tournament four of the last six years.Coming off a season-low 48 points against Kansas State, Texas made seven of its first nine shots and led 17-12. Then Oklahoma went on a 12-0 run and remained in front -- until the final minute.
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