AUSTIN (KXAN) — It’s stretch time in the Big 12 race and Texas picked up an expected, but pivotal win against Oklahoma State Saturday 69-57.
The Longhorns took the lead with 7:46 to go in the first half and didn’t look back withstanding several Oklahoma State surges before putting the Cowboys away.
Texas used 10 bench points in the first half to build a 38-27 lead at the break. Kerwin Roach, led the Longhorns with 16 points, knocked down a three pointer in the waning seconds of the half for the 11 point advantage.
Oklahoma State guard Thomas Dziagwa nearly brought the Pokes all the way back shooting 64% from three-point range leading all scorers with 23 points. Dziagwa hit a three early in the second half cutting the deficit to five at 42-37.
Texas followed with a quick seven-point scoring burst to push the lead back out to a comfortable range. Free throw shooting again made the difference. The Longhorns are the best FT shooting team in the Big 12 finishing 16-18 while Oklahoma State only shot 9-18.
With five games remaining in the regular season, the Longhorns take a break from competition with the bye portion of the schedule. Texas returns to play next Saturday at Oklahoma.
Texas is sixth in the conference, a game and a half ahead of TCU for the final bye spot in the Big 12 tournament. Seeds 7-10 play Wednesday of tournament week and seeds 1-6 get a bye to the quarterfinal round Thursday in St. Louis.