In Game Dedicated To Tisdale, Oklahoma Upsets No. 9 Texas, 80-71
Feb. 6, 2010
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -Tommy Mason-Griffin scored 24 points, Cade Davis added 20 points and 10 rebounds for the second double-double of his career and Oklahoma beat No. 9 Texas 80-71 on Saturday in a game dedicated to the memory of late Sooners star Wayman Tisdale.
The Longhorns (19-4, 5-3 Big 12) cut a 19-point, second-half deficit to five in the final 2 minutes but were hampered the whole game by the same free-throw shooting woes that have been an Achilles' heel all season.
Texas made just 10 of its 27 foul shots and were 4 of 11 in the second half.
Freshman Avery Bradley scored 21 points to lead the Longhorns, who have lost four of six since being ranked No. 1 for the first time in school history. Damion James added 12 points and Gary Johnson had 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Oklahoma (13-9, 4-4) used a 3-point onslaught to build a 19-point lead just after halftime but had to hold on from there.
Willie Warren, Oklahoma's leading scorer, didn't start and played only 16 minutes while continuing to recover from a sprained right ankle. He didn't attempt a shot until driving the lane for a layup with 1:49 left in the game that put the Sooners up 73-65.
Johnson answered with a three-point play, but that's where the Longhorns' rally ended. Texas couldn't capitalize after Mason-Griffin dribbled the ball out of bounds against a trap, and Oklahoma hit seven of eight foul shots to close the game.
After trailing by 19 in the first 2 minutes of the second half, Texas started to make it interesting with a four-point possession when James hit the first of two free throws and Bradley followed his miss with a 3-pointer from the left wing.
Bradley would score 10 points as the Longhorns outscored Oklahoma 16-5 over the next 5 1/2 minutes to pull within 60-54 on Jordan Hamilton's free throw with 10:17 remaining.
Mason-Griffin hit his fifth 3-pointer of the game to restore a nine-point lead, and the Sooners were able to protect it down the stretch and extended their home winning streak to 12 games.
Oklahoma coach Jeff Capel won for just the second time in eight games against Texas, with the victories coming the last two years at the Lloyd Noble Center.
The game was dedicated to Tisdale, the school's career scoring leader who died last year after fighting cancer. Tisdale was the first player to earn All-America honors from The Associated Press in his freshman, sophomore and junior seasons and he then went on to play 12 seasons in the NBA for Indiana, Sacramento and Phoenix.
Oklahoma was on target from the beginning, with Mason-Griffin hitting three 3-pointers as the Sooners opened a 20-9 lead and dominated the first 7 minutes of the game - which included a game ball presentation to Tisdale's family by athletic director Joe Castiglione.
Texas cut its deficit to two before Mason-Griffin and Davis responded with two 3-pointers each. In all, Oklahoma was 9 of 16 from 3-point range and led 48-30 when Toby Keith played a song in tribute to Tisdale at halftime.