Marcus Carr scored 14 points and made two free throws with five second remaining as No. 23 Texas defeated Oklahoma State 56-51 on Saturday to snap a two-game losing streak.
The Longhorns (14-5, 4-3.Big 12. ) won despite going more than 10 minutes without scoring in the first half. They were coming off losses to No. 15 Iowa State and Kansas State.
Tre Mitchell scored 12 for Texas, including a bank shot in the lane with 56 seconds left. Timmy Allen had 11 points and eight rebounds. Courtney Ramey added 10 points, including a pair of free throws with 11 seconds remaining.
Sophomore Bryce Thompson scored a career-best 20 for Oklahoma State (10-8, 3-4), including a layup with six seconds left before Carr’s free throws. But he couldn’t carry OSU through a second half in which it shot 32% and made nine turnovers.
Texas, leading by one point with nine minutes remaining, created some separation by making an 11-3 push. Allen and Carr scored four apiece, and Ramey made a 3-point shot from the corner during the spurt.
Oklahoma State led 27-25 after a wildly streaky opening half. Texas converted its first three 3-point attempts and raced to a 13-0 lead. Then the Longhorns went scoreless for 10:15 and Oklahoma State scored 16 straight.
After the hot start, Texas missed 10 of its last 12 3-pointers and finished the half at 36% overall and committed 10 turnovers against a swarming, aggressive Oklahoma State defense.
Oklahoma State: The Cowboys, after limiting Baylor to 31% from the field and TCU to 34.5%, held Texas to 36.7% ... Bryce Williams, Oklahoma State’s leading scorer this season at 10.6 points a game, did not play against Texas because of a sprained ankle that he suffered against TCU on Wednesday. Keylan Boone, who had five 3-point baskets as a reserve during a 64-51 win over Texas on Jan. 8 in Stillwater, made his first start but went scoreless in 23 minutes.
Texas: The Longhorns matched a season high with 20 turnovers but still managed to avert a three-game losing streak. A loss would have been their second this week at home against an unranked opponent. Texas allowed Oklahoma State to score 30 points in the paint after yielding 30 to Iowa State and 28 to Kansas State.
Oklahoma State: The Cowboys host No. 15 Iowa State on Wednesday.
Texas: The Longhorns are at TCU on Tuesday.