- Associated Press - Saturday, February 27, 2016

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Buddy Hield was scoring in bunches again, only to watch the Texas Longhorns counterpunch just about everything he did.

And when Texas finally started its own late-game run, Hield and the Oklahoma Sooners had nothing of their own to stop it.

Isaiah Taylor scored 18 points and No. 25 Texas overwhelmed Oklahoma over the final 7 minutes to beat the third-ranked Sooners 76-63 on Saturday. Texas trailed 58-51 before Taylor converted a three-point play to start a 25-5 run down the stretch.

“We need to be more poised,” said Hield, who scored 33 points in another impressive performance by one of the leading candidates for national player of the year.

The Texas scoring wave broke open what had a been a back-and-forth matchup between intense Big 12 rivals and saw Hield on a record scoring pace until Oklahoma (22-6, 10-6) faded late.

“That’s winning time, the last 6 minutes,” Texas senior forward Connor Lammert said.

Lammert made a big 3-pointer early in the run, a shot that came after Hield missed a potential dagger 3-point attempt for the Sooners. Lammert and Javan Felix each scored 14 points for the Longhorns (19-10, 10-6).

After Lammert’s 3-pointer, the Longhorns got two more free throws from Taylor, a tip-in from Prince Ibeh and a twisting layup by Felix in a nine-point burst.

Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger called the final minutes “a blur” as the Longhorns romped by making tough shots, forcing turnovers and grabbing seemingly every long rebound. Texas outrebounded Oklahoma 43-31 and the gap grew dramatically in the final minutes.

“We didn’t have too many good possessions the last 4 or 5 minutes,” Kruger said. “They whipped us pretty good on the boards, especially late.”

Oklahoma went nearly 7 minutes without scoring as the Texas run cranked up. Hield didn’t break the Oklahoma scoring drought until making a 3-pointer in the final minute.

Hield beat Texas in the first matchup with a 3-pointer in the final seconds and lit up the Longhorns again with 23 points in the first half.

Hield scored from everywhere early. His opening basket was a twisting, baseline drive for a layup, and followed that with four 3-pointers and a dunk of an alley-oop pass. He was on pace to match his career-high of 46 points scored in Oklahoma’s triple-overtime loss to Kansas in January.

The Longhorns kept up by shooting 50 percent in the first half and Taylor’s layup in the final seconds pulled Texas within 40-37.

Jordan Woodard made two 3-pointers for Oklahoma early in the second half and Hield managed just one shot - a made 3-pointer - over the first 8 minutes of the second as scoring by both teams tapered off. Hield’s 3-pointer put the Sooners up 52-45 but the Longhorns kept counterpunching to keep Oklahoma from pulling away.

“Our guys were able to dig deep,” Texas coach Shaka Smart said. “Our guys didn’t get down, didn’t get bummed out.”

TIP-INS

Oklahoma: Hield, the national leader in 3-pointers made per game, made six against Texas and needs four more to set the Big 12 season record.

Texas: The Longhorns countered Hield’s big game with better balance. Texas had five players score in double figures with Kerwin Roach, Jr., scoring 12 and Eric Davis Jr., adding 10.

“They have a lot of weapons,” Kruger said. “It all starts with Taylor.”

HANDLING HIELD

Smart said he had to make a big defensive switch on Hield just before Texas made its big run.

“We said we had to get two guys on (him) every time he touched the ball,” Smart said. “He’s something else.”

That also meant defenders would have to be just as quick switching back to cover whoever else had the ball.

“Our guys had great composure. Great focus,” Smart said.

UP NEXT

Oklahoma hosts No. 19 Baylor on Tuesday.

Texas hosts No. 2 Kansas on Monday.

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