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OU basketball: No. 12 Oklahoma drops fifth straight road game at the hands of their Red River Rival

Oklahoma head coach Lon Kruger, right, argues with a referee during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Texas, Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Thomas)
OU basketball: No. 12 Oklahoma drops fifth straight road game at the hands of their Red River Rival

With a chance to sit at the top of the Big 12 conference, No. 12 Oklahoma (16-6, 6-4) took another step back with their 79-74 road loss at the hands of Texas (15-8, 5-5)—their fifth straight road loss.

Early in the first half, Trae Young displayed his vision and eventually finished with nine first half assists. Most of those were going to junior center, Jamuni McNeace, who finished with a career-high 16 points on 8-of-10 shooting, and also added seven rebounds.

Oklahoma came out of halftime hot, opening up a 10-point second half lead on a quick 10-0 run after Texas’ initial bucket. As the game went on, the shots from behind the 3-point line continued to not fall, the ball started to be turned over more, and the Sooners’ lead started to dwindle.

Oklahoma maintained control of the game for the first 25 minutes, then Texas finished the final 15 minutes on a 38-24 run, capped off by a 180 alley-oop by the Longhorns’ freshman phenom, Mo Bamba.

Trae Young finished the game with 19 points on 7-of-22 shooting (2-of-13 from three) and 14 assists–one of his worst shooting performances of the season.

The Sooners also saw contributions from Rashard Odomes and Christian James in the loss. Odomes added 15 points and seven rebounds, with James scoring 10 points and adding five rebounds.

Oklahoma remains only a game back in the Big 12 conference race, but they lost an opportunity to control their destiny for a Big 12 title the rest of the way. They are back in action on Big Monday against the West Virginia Mountaineers.

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