Jones scores 22, leads No. 21 Texas past Oklahoma 66-52

Jan 11, 2022, 5:56 AM | Updated: Jan 12, 2022, 2:53 pm
Texas head coach Chris Beard, left, celebrates with guard Andrew Jones (1) during the second half o...

Texas head coach Chris Beard, left, celebrates with guard Andrew Jones (1) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Oklahoma, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

(AP Photo/Eric Gay)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Andrew Jones scored a season-best 22 points and made four steals, and No. 21 Texas got back to its usual aggressive play to beat Oklahoma 66-52 on Tuesday night.

The Longhorns (13-3, 3-1 Big 12) hit 18 of 24 free throws after attempting just seven during a 64-51 loss at Oklahoma State. Against Oklahoma, Texas maneuvered assertively toward the basket to draw fouls.

“Our terminology is you have to demand the foul,” Beard said. “You are not gonna get a foul (shooting) off one foot. You are not gonna get a foul falling away from the basket. I thought we had a couple of those last game.”

Texas’ swarming defense finished with 11 steals and limited Oklahoma (12-4, 2-2) to one 3-point basket in 13 tries.

“On the defensive end, we were really locked in on the scouting report,” Jones said. “We were active. We were rotating.”

Texas led by 20 points six minutes into the second half. Oklahoma cut the deficit to 11 with 5:38 left, but Timmy Allen scored inside for Texas and Jones made consecutive layups to put the Sooners away. The 14-point victory was the biggest margin for Texas against Oklahoma since 2011.

Christian Bishop had 10 points, eight rebounds and three steals for Texas. Allen and Courtney Ramey added 10 points apiece.

Jalen Hill led Oklahoma with 13 points, and Jacob Groves scored 10.

Texas held Oklahoma scoreless for six minutes, made an 11-0 push, and took a 33-21 halftime lead.

Jones flourished during the half with 12 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, and two steals, one that he converted into a breakaway dunk.

Tanner Groves, the Sooners’ leading scorer this season with 14.3 points a game, picked up two fouls in the first half and played only six minutes. Groves finished with three points in 16 minutes. Three other starters also had three fouls in the first half, including Hill.

“I can’t blame the fouls,” Oklahoma coach Porter Moser said. “I thought Texas changed the dynamic. Just disappointed how we responded to their pressure getting into our offense. We had only seven assists. We’ve been a high assist team. We missed nine (of 22) free throws. We shot 1 for 13 from 3.”

BIG PICTURE

Oklahoma: The Sooners endured a difficult early schedule in Big 12 play. They lost at No. 1 Baylor and defeated No. 15 Iowa State before facing Texas. Oklahoma shot 55.8% at Baylor and 61.7% against Iowa State but slipped to 40.4% against Texas. Umoja Gibson, who led Oklahoma with an average of 16.4 points the previous five games, scored seven against Texas.

Texas: Tre Mitchell returned after missing the Oklahoma State loss while in COVID-19 protocols, but played only two minutes. Mitchell has started 12 games this season and averages 9.9 points. “Tre had not been able to practice,” Beard said. “We hope to have him back at full speed next game.”

CARR ADAPTS

Texas’ last two opponents honed in on defending Marcus Carr after he scored 20 points against West Virginia and 19 at Kansas State. Oklahoma State limited him to six shots. Carr went 3 for 7 against Oklahoma, finishing with nine points and five assists. Carr averaged more than 19 points a game last season for Minnesota.

“I thought Marcus played a great floor game,” Beard said. “Marcus did a great job not forcing. That dude’s out there trying to win. He’s not chasing anything on that stat sheet.”

UP NEXT

Oklahoma: At TCU on Saturday.

Texas: At No. 15 Iowa State on Saturday.

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