7:00 PM ET, March 10, 2011
Sprint Center, Kansas City, Missouri
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Allowing big leads to disappear cost No. 10 Texas dearly during the regular season. The Longhorns were determined not to let it happen again Thursday night in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament.Oklahoma sliced seven points off a 23-point halftime deficit but could get no closer as Jordan Hamilton and Tristan Thompson each turned in a double-double to lead Texas to a 74-54 victory."At halftime, Coach Barnes told us that we might be up by 23 but we had to come out in the second half with intensity and do what we do," Thompson said. "There have been some situations in the past where, you guys know the result. We wanted to keep pressure on them and extend the lead if possible."The second-seeded Longhorns (26-5) beat Oklahoma for the third time this season and 11th in 13 meetings overall. They led by as many as 25 in the first half and never let the Sooners (14-18) get closer than 13 after that.
• Texas advances to the Big 12 tournament semifinals for the 10th time under Rick Barnes.
• Texas improved to 3-0 against Oklahoma this season and has won 11 of the last 13 meetings against the Sooners.
• Jordan Hamilton led the Longhorns with 22 points and a career-high 10 rebounds for his first career double-double.
• Texas outrebounded the Sooners by 16 and shot 50.9 percent from the field. The Longhorns are now 11-0 this season when shooting better than 50 percent from the field.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
Big 12 Tournament
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||19-47 (.404)||29-57 (.509)|
|3P Made-Attempted||3-13 (.231)||6-14 (.429)|
|FT Made-Attempted||13-13 (1.000)||10-17 (.588)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||21 (0/0)||14 (0/0)|