AUSTIN, Texas -- A.J. Abrams scored 20 points and Texas snapped out of a three-game losing streak with a 99-74 win over Oklahoma State on Tuesday night.
The Longhorns set a season high in points scored in avoiding their first four-game skid since an 0-4 start to the 1998-99 season, coach Rick Barnes' first at Texas. Five Longhorns scored in double figures. Damion James finished with 19 points and Connor Atchley chipped in 14. Dogus Balbay got his first start at point guard and finished with seven assists.
Texas (16-7, 5-4 Big 12) had lost its previous three games by a total of 11 points with the first going to overtime and the other two being decided on baskets in the final seconds. The losses dropped Texas out of the Top 25 for the first time this season.
Against the Cowboys, the Longhorns shot 64 percent in the first half and raced to an early 20-point lead before stretching it as high as 30 in the second.
James Anderson scored 35 points to lead Oklahoma State (14-9, 3-6), which has lost four of its last five.