Texas vs. Oklahoma: Score, Highlights and Reaction from 2016 Regular Season

Daniel KramerFeatured ColumnistFebruary 8, 2016

Feb 8, 2016; Norman, OK, USA; Oklahoma Sooners guard Buddy Hield (24) reacts after intercepting an inbounds pass to seal the victory against the Texas Longhorns. The Sooners defeated the Longhorns 63-60 at Lloyd Noble Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports
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Buddy Hield sank a go-ahead three-pointer with 1.3 seconds remaining to power the No. 3 Oklahoma Sooners past the archrival No. 24 Texas Longhorns 63-60 on Monday at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Oklahoma.

Hield, the front-runner for National Player of the Year, scored the Sooners’ final 12 points to anchor a comeback that seemed unlikely for most of the contest. 

Here is a look at the senior's latest heroics, courtesy of SportsCenter's Twitter account:

Oklahoma, fresh off a shocking 11-point upset loss on Saturday at unranked Kansas State, connected on just 28 percent of its attempts in the first half for 22 points and trailed Texas by nine. It marked the lowest offensive output in any half by the Sooners all season, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

But Oklahoma bounced back in the second half and eventually tied the game at 39-39 on a three-pointer by Isaiah Cousins that sent the home crowd into a frenzy. It was the first time the Sooners weren't trailing since their 3-2 edge one minute and five seconds into the game.

The Sooners finally regained the lead when Hield sank a pair of go-ahead free throws with 1:19 left to take a 60-58 edge.

Texas point guard Isaiah Taylor drew an immediate foul and sank both shots at the charity stripe to even the game at 60-60 with 57 seconds remaining.

Hield missed an ensuing jump shot that positioned the Longhorns to regain the lead, but Taylor was called on a charge driving to the basket that returned the ball to Oklahoma with 17 seconds left—and Hield followed with the dagger.

Many were skeptical of the call against Taylor, but Bleacher Report’s C.J. Moore deemed it warranted:

In what was the most highly anticipated individual matchup of the night, Hield outscored Taylor 27-19.

Joe Trahan of WFAA-TV gave credit to Taylor’s 14 second-half points but noted that Hield and the Sooners might have a comeback in the works:

Texas, which entered the game as a winner of four straight and seven of its last eight, once again looked sharp on defense. Monday’s game was the Longhorns’ first in their last five contests in which they allowed 60 points.

But their offense was gassed in the second half, connecting on just 36.7 percent of field goals while shooting 1-of-9 on three-pointers.

Adam Jacobi of SB Nation's Black Heart Gold Pants noted that Texas seemed destined to eventually relinquish the lead despite the Longhorns giving it their all:

Sam Vecenie of CBS Sports added that the Sooners should never feel in doubt with Hield at the helm:

Hield ranks fifth in the country with a whopping 51.1 three-point percentage (among players averaging 25-plus minutes and three-plus attempts per game). Synergy Sports Tech shared a graphic that elaborated on where Hield is finding his success beyond the arc:

Despite a lackluster loss against Kansas State, Oklahoma—now 20-3remains in great shape heading into the final month of the season.

Even with Saturday’s loss, the Sooners still received seven first-place votes in the Associated Press Top 25 poll. They also defeated current No. 1 Villanova 78-55 earlier this year. The parity in college basketball continues, as there doesn’t appear to be a clear-cut top team.

Texas may have a tough time coping with a loss in a game it clearly could’ve won on Monday, but the Longhorns are also in good shape heading into March. For a team that started 1-2 in the Big 12, the Longhornsnow 16-8appear poised to reach the NCAA tournament comfortably barring a major collapse.


Postgame Reaction

Hield said in his postgame interview with ESPN that the Sooners never lost composure and head coach Lon Kruger asserted faith in the team throughout.

"Everybody was calm,” Hield said. "Coach kept giving us confidence. Everybody wasn’t making shots, I couldn’t make a shot. But we just trusted ourselves.”

Texas head coach Shaka Smart offered praise for Hield’s heroics and even called him the nation’s top player, per Brian Davis of the Austin American-Statesman:

Teammates Kendal Yancy and Prince Ibeh have faith that the Longhorns can contend for the Big 12 Championship as they continue to experience close contests such as the one on Monday, per Davis:

Oklahoma is certainly the favorite to win the conference title, but Texas proved it can contend with the best and give the Sooners a run come March.