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Sooners fend off Longhorns in overtime

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Texas players had talked about how they
didn't like Oklahoma's attitude.

The Sooners (No. 7 ESPN/USA Today, No. 6 AP) were too cocky. Too much swagger, the
Longhorns said.

For good reason.

Oklahoma has owned the Longhorns in recent years and extended
its mastery over its border rival with an 85-84 overtime victory
Saturday. The Sooners have won six in a row over Texas and 22 of
the last 26 in the series.

The Sooners read the comments in Saturday morning's paper and
wrote them on their locker-room blackboard.

"We really took it hard and it gave all of us a boost," guard
Quannas White said.

"I don't like the comment," said White's backcourt mate, Hollis
Price, who led the Sooners with 25 points and provided the key
basket in overtime. "We work hard just like everybody else. We're
not an arrogant team. We're not a cocky team."

The Longhorns nearly snapped the losing streak.

Texas rallied from a 17-point deficit with just over six minutes
left to tie it at 74 on Brandon Mouton's catch-and-shoot 3-pointer
on an inbounds pass with under a second left.

The Sooners appeared to have it won when Aaron McGhee grabbed
the rebound of T.J. Ford's missed 3-pointer with about two seconds
left in regulation. But McGhee stepped out of bounds under the
basket before time ran out.

Oklahoma called a timeout to set up a defense but Ford zipped
the inbounds pass to Mouton in the corner and he swished the shot.

"I knew I could get separation. I was just concentrating on
making it," said Mouton, who led Texas with a career-high 26
points. "It was a good pass and a great shot."

Texas scored first in overtime and the teams traded the lead
five times in the extra period. Price's pull-up jumper in the lane
with 19 seconds left put the Sooners ahead for good at 83-82. Jason
Detrick then hit two free throws that gave the Sooners a
three-point lead.

"I knew I would have to make a big play because I hadn't scored
in a long time," Price said. "We're finding our groove back. We
probably needed a game like this to find out where our toughness
is. We didn't expect those guys to play as hard as they did."

Ebi Ere, White and McGhee each scored 16 points for the Sooners
(17-3, 6-2 Big 12), who took sole possession of second place in the
conference with the victory.

Royal Ivey added 17 points and James Thomas had 12 points and 14
rebounds for Texas (14-7, 5-3), which has lost three of its last
four after a 4-0 start in league play. The Longhorns have dropped
consecutive one-point losses.

"I'm not worrying about their psyche. For a young team, we do
play hard," Texas coach Rick Barnes said. "We're learning on the
job here a little bit."

The game produced the typical bone-crunching style of play the
series is known for. It started even before tipoff when Oklahoma
players crowded the Longhorns' team huddle at center court. Players
from both teams could be seen trying to elbow each other out of the
way.

A 12-1 Texas run punctuated by alley-oop dunks by Mouton and
Deginald Erskin put Texas up 27-23 in the first half as the Sooners
went nearly six minutes without a field goal.

McGhee ended the offensive drought with a 3-pointer from the
corner to retake the lead for Oklahoma and Price closed the first
half with five straight points, including a last-second 3 when he
broke down Ivey on the dribble and pulled up at the top of the arc
to put the Sooners up 33-27.

In the second half, Ere hit two 3s, McGhee converted a
three-point play and Price finished two fast break layups in a 10-2
run that pushed the Sooners' lead to 68-51 with 6:31 left.

Brian Boddicker, Ivey and Mouton hit 3-pointers to fuel Texas'
late run to tie the game and send it into overtime.