The Dallas Morning News
Desperate Horns limit Young, keep OU reeling
UT bolsters résumé; streaking Hogs extend home streak vs. Aggies
NORMAN, Okla. — Texas was getting desperate, and the Longhorns finally got the win they needed.
Dylan Osetkowski scored 21 points, Texas slowed national scoring leader Trae Young, and the Longhorns beat No. 23 Oklahoma 77-66 on Saturday to extend the Sooners’ losing streak to five games.
Texas (16-11, 6-8 Big 12) needed the win to boost its NCAA tournament résumé after losing three straight.
“It’s big,” Texas coach Shaka Smart said. “I told our guys we were fighting for our NCAA tournament lives. It’s not to say it’s fighting-for-your-life life and death, but when you’re a basketball player or a basketball coach, it can feel that way.”
Young, a freshman point guard, scored 26 points on 7-for-21 shooting.
“This is the toughest conference in America,” Young said. “I’m getting guarded like nobody else in the country. I’m being scouted on like nobody else in the country is. It’s a mystery coming up each and every game and how teams are going to guard me and how I’m going to dictate how my team wins. It’s just a process.”
Kerwin Roach got most of the defensive work against Young, and both sides acknowledged he was a difference maker. When Young got by him, the 6-11 Mohamed Bamba was waiting. Bamba, the Big 12’s leader in blocks, finished with four.
Osetkowski carried much of the load on offense. The 6-9 junior said everyone was telling him to shoot, and he responded by making nine of 17 shots. Roach scored 12, Matt Coleman 11 and Bamba added 10 points and 18 rebounds for Texas, which never trailed and swept the season series for the first time since 2011-12.
The Sooners (16-10, 6-8) shot just 30.8 percent overall and posted their lowest-scoring game of the season.
Arkansas 94, No. 21 Texas
A&M 75: In Fayetteville, Ark., Jaylen Barford scored 14 of his 21 points in the second half to lead Arkansas to its fourth straight win.
The triumph was the 10th straight over the Aggies in Fayetteville for the Razorbacks (19-8, 8-6 SEC). Barford added five rebounds and five assists for the Razorbacks, who have won seven of their last nine. Daryl Macon finished with 20 points for Arkansas, the eighth time in the last nine games he’s scored 20 or more.
Robert Williams had 20 points and 14 rebounds to lead Texas A&M (17-10, 6-8), which lost its second straight after entering the rankings this week. The 6-10 sophomore also had three blocks and finished 10 of 13 from the field.
Admon Gilder also scored 20 points for the Aggies. Tyler Davis added 15 points, and T.J. Starks had 12.
TCU 90, Oklahoma State 70: In Fort Worth, Kouat Noi scored 19 points to lead six players in double figures, and TCU stormed back from an early 12-point hole to win for just the fifth time in 13 games.
Kenrich Williams scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half for the Horned Frogs (18-9, 6-8 Big 12). Vladimir Brodziansky added 14 points, Ahmed Hamdy-Mohamed 12, Alex Robinson 11 and Desmond Bane 10.
Kendall Smith led the Cowboys (15-12, 5-9), losers of six of eight, with 21 points. No. 13 Kansas 77, No. 20 West Virginia 69: In Lawrence, Kan., Udoka Azubuike scored 21 points, Devonte’ Graham added 15 and Kansas rallied from a 66-58 deficit with 3:47 to play.
Svi Mykhailiuk gave Kansas (21-6, 10-4 Big 12) the lead with a pair of free throws with 1:41 remaining, and Graham had 10 points in the Jayhawks’ 19-3 closing run. The Mountaineers (19-8, 8-6) were led by Daxter Miles Jr. with 22 points.
Kansas State 78, Iowa State 66: In Manhattan, Kan., Dean Wade shot 9 of 13 for 22 points while also grabbing eight rebounds and collecting nine assists, and the Wildcats (19-8, 8-6 Big 12) exploded for 45 second-half points to break open a game that was deadlocked at half.
Central Florida 52, SMU 37: In Orlando, Fla., A.J. Davis scored 19 points, with a career-best four 3-pointers, and grabbed 10 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the season as Central Florida (17-9, 8-6 AAC) cruised.
SMU (15-12, 5-9), down to seven scholarship players, was without its leading scorer, Shake Milton, for the fourth straight game. Ben Emelogu II scored 12 points on 3-for-10 shooting for SMU, which was 11 of 43 (25.6 percent) from the field. The Mustangs have lost five straight games.
The 37 points tied UCF’s all-time, fewest points-allowed record.
Marshall 74, North Texas 72: In Denton, C.J. Burks sank a layup with a second to go and finished with 26 points on 11-of-13 shooting as Marshall dealt North Texas its second straight heartbreaker.
Marshall trailed 72-68 late when Burks sank a jumper and Ajdin Penava followed with a layup to tie the score with 35 seconds left. After a UNT miss, Burks took the inbounds pass coast-to-coast, driving inside to score the winning layup.
Woolridge scored 25 points for the Mean Green (14-13, 7-7 C-USA), who lost in overtime Thursday vs. Western Kentucky.
Louisiana-Lafayette 100, UT-Arlington 79: In Lafayette, La., Frank Bartley scored 25 points, Johnathan Stove added 14 and the Ragin’ Cajuns (23-4, 13-1 Sun Belt) improved to 13-0 at the Cajundome.
Seniors Erick Neal (26 points) and Kevin Hervey (21) paced the Mavs (16-12, 7-8).