No. 24 Oklahoma Stays Hot, Upsets No. 5 Texas After Taking Down Kansas

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorJanuary 27, 2021

Oklahoma guards Austin Reaves (12) and De'Vion Harmon (11) react after beating Kansas in an NCAA college basketball game in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Garett Fisbeck)
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The Oklahoma Sooners took down their third Top 10 opponent in January when they defeated the No. 5 Texas Longhorns 80-79 on the road Tuesday at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas.

OU had previously beaten No. 9 West Virginia 75-71 on Jan. 2 and No. 9 Kansas 75-68 on Saturday.

Texas trailed 78-70 after Austin Reaves converted a three-point play with 3:50 left, but the Longhorns cut the Sooners' lead to 80-79 following a pair of Andrew Jones free throws with five seconds remaining.

Texas then fouled Jalen Hill, who missed two free throws, the second of which did not hit the rim. He attempted to miss intentionally to run the clock.

The Longhorns had a shot to win with two seconds left, but Sooners guard Elijah Harkless caught a full-court Texas inbounds attempt to end the game.

Reaves led all scorers with 23 points. De'vion Harmon had 13 points, and Umoja Gibson posted 12 off the bench.

Five Texas players scored in double digits, led by Kai Jones' 15.

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Texas was missing multiple players, including Courtney Ramey, Jericho Sims and Brock Cunningham. Head coach Shaka Smart was also at home following a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, per Brian Davis of the Austin American-Statesman.

The Sooners, who won their fourth straight game, moved to 10-4 overall and 6-3 in the Big 12. They sit third in the conference behind undefeated Baylor and Texas, which is now 11-3 overall and 5-2 in the Big 12.

Texas jumped out to an early 14-6 lead, but Oklahoma responded with a 13-0 run that included 11 combined points from Gibson and Harmon.

OU never trailed for the remainder of the game. Its lead dipped to two points on multiple occasions in the first half, but a late run propelled the Sooners into a 43-34 halftime advantage.

The Sooners kept their distance for much of the second half and led by as many as 12, but Texas started chipping away when Kamaka Hepa hit a three to pull Texas within 78-73.

Neither team scored for the next 2:24 before Kai Jones' dunk cut OU's lead to three with 1:16 remaining. A Matt Coleman III layup slashed the lead to one.

Coleman fouled Reaves on the other end, and the guard nailed both free throws. Andrew Jones had a chance for the tie, but his three-pointer was off the mark. Texas got the offensive rebound, leading to Jones' two free throws, Hill's misses and the conclusion of Oklahoma's win.