(19) Oklahoma 48

(20-7, 11-5 Big 12)

(6) Texas 72

(25-5, 13-3 Big 12)

    4:00 PM ET, March 5, 2006

    Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas

    1 2 T
    #19OKLA 23 2548
    #6TEX 33 3972

    Top Performers

    Oklahoma: T. Gray 10 Pts, 4 Reb, 1 Blk

    Texas: D. Gibson 22 Pts, 1 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Stl

    Texas rips Oklahoma, grabs share of Big 12, No. 1 seed

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- It's been seven years since Texas won a basketball title. Even the 2003 team that made it to the Final Four didn't win the Big 12.

    That drought ended Sunday with a 72-48 win over Oklahoma (No. 17 ESPN/USA Today, No. 19 AP), a victory that earned Texas (No. 7 ESPN/USA Today, No. 6 AP) a share of the conference championship and the No. 1 seed in the league tournament.

    Daniel Gibson scored 22 points, hitting four of Texas' nine 3-pointers, in a rivalry game the Longhorns turned into a rout.

    "It feels good to hold that trophy," said Gibson, who also had six assists by driving to the basket when he wasn't spotting up from long range.

    "Killer instinct," he said. "Whoever was in front of me, I was going after them."

    Texas (25-5, 13-3) shares the Big 12 title with Kansas, a team the Longhorns beat by 25 a week earlier. They get the top seed in the conference tournament because of the head-to-head tiebreaker.

    P.J. Tucker added 13 points for the Longhorns, who went undefeated in conference play at home. Texas set a school record for most wins in a regular season and ended a three-game losing streak to the Sooners.

    Taj Gray scored 10 to lead Oklahoma (20-7, 11-5). Michael Neal, who came in averaging five 3-pointers over the previous six games, finished with two for six points.

    "We locked into their shooters," Tucker said. "We played great defensive ball."

    The Sooners, who had won four straight games by one point, surprisingly never mustered a counterpunch in a rivalry known for its rugged play.

    "We've earned our stripes over the years by outcompeting you. I didn't see that a lot today," Oklahoma coach Kelvin Sampson said. "When one team is competing really hard and the other one is not, that's a huge difference."

    Texas could have won the Big 12 title outright after beating Kansas, but blundered away the chance with a 46-43 loss at Texas A&M. Tucker dribbled out the shot clock to set up A&M's winning shot in the final second.

    Given another chance at the title, the Longhorns never let this one get close.

    Gibson has struggled with streaky shooting and tendinitis in his knee but hit three 3-pointers in the first half. The Longhorns defense forced eight turnovers and held Oklahoma without a basket during a 10-minute stretch.

    "My pops always told me never make excuses," Gibson said. "A lot of times when that ball goes up, all that pain goes out the window."

    In the first meeting with the Sooners, an 82-72 Oklahoma win, the Longhorns got no points off their bench. Guard A.J. Abrams ended that drought with two 3-pointers in the final 3 minutes of the first half.

    The Longhorns hit 6-of-12 from long range to take a 33-23 lead into halftime.

    "We took shots," Texas coach Rick Barnes said. "And we were aggressive."

    Sooners forward Kevin Bookout hit the first basket of the second. It was the last time Oklahoma got the lead under 10. Tucker hit a leaning bank shot high off the backboard. Brad Buckman, a sneaky 3-point shooter at power forward, stepped to the top of the arc for Texas' first 3 of the second half as Texas run quickly pushed the lead back to 16.

    Texas then started going inside.

    LaMarcus Aldridge hit a baseline jumper and Gibson finished a fast break with a dish to Buckman for a two-handed dunk over two defenders.

    Sampson might have missed the play. Complaining that Buckman wasn't called for a foul on the other end the floor, Sampson was flailing his arms and inadvertently knocked one of the officials into the scorer's table just as Buckman went up for the slam that put Texas up 47-31.

    The Sooners outrebounded Texas 28-27 but couldn't fight their way back in the game.

    "They kind of hit us right in the mouth," Bookout said, "and we never hit them back."

    Gibson hit his fourth 3-pointer from the corner, then added a pair of free throws. Tucker drove the baseline to draw three defenders before shooting a pass out to Abrams for another 3. Texas led 57-35 with 7:40 to play.

    From there, it was a matter of nursing the lead through the final minutes. Gibson coasted in for two easy layups then dumped a pass behind a defender to feed another dunk, this time by Aldridge.

    Texas heads into the Big 12 tournament still hoping for a shot at a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. The Longhorns were a No. 1 seed when they went to the Final Four.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 48 72
    FG Made-Attempted 21-50 (.420) 27-56 (.482)
    3P Made-Attempted 4-15 (.267) 9-24 (.375)
    FT Made-Attempted 2-2 (1.000) 9-12 (.750)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 15 (0/0) 8 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 3 26

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