AUSTIN, Texas — Freshman forward Greg Brown registered 24 points and 14 rebounds, while junior guard Andrew Jones tied his career high with 22 points to pace No. 11/11 Texas (7-1, 1-0 Big 12) to a 77-74 victory against Oklahoma State (6-2, 0-2 Big 12) on Sunday afternoon at the Frank Erwin Center. Brown converted 7-of-14 field goals and 7-of-11 free throws while tying his career high with three blocked shots in a career-best 26 minutes.
Andrew Jones hit 8-of-17 field goals, including 3-of-6 from three-point range, and added a season-high seven rebounds and four assists in a season-high 34 minutes. Senior guard Matt Coleman III tallied 15 points (9-of-10 free throws), tied his career high with seven rebounds and added four assists without a turnover and two steals.
The Cowboys jumped out to a 15-9 advantage following a pair of Bryce Williams free throws at the 10:18 mark of the first half. Texas responded with a 12-2 run over the next three minutes to grab a 21-17 lead after an Andrew Jones three-pointer with 7:27 left. Trailing 27-26 at the 4:01 mark, Oklahoma State closed the half with an 8-2 spurt to take a 34-29 cushion into the break.
Trailing 42-38 after an Isaac Likekele layup with 14:44 remaining, the Longhorns responded with a 17-0 run over the next four minutes to build a 55-42 lead following another Andrew Jones three-pointer at the 10:49 mark. Texas held a 70-61 cushion after a third Andrew Jones three with 3:33 left, but the Cowboys scored five straight points to trim the margin to 70-66 following a Matthew-Alexander Moncrieffe layup at the 1:25 mark.
Oklahoma State closed the deficit to two points twice in the final 21 seconds, but that was as close as the Cowboys would get. Texas hit 6-of-8 free throws in the last 37 seconds to seal the victory.
Texas returns to action when it hosts Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Tuesday, Dec. 29. Tip is set for 7 p.m. CT at the Erwin Center, and the game will be televised nationally by Longhorn Network.
Texas Basketball Postgame Notes
#11/11 Texas 77, Oklahoma State 74
December 20, 2020
Frank Erwin Center (Austin, Texas)
- UT improved to 16-9 all-time in Big 12 Conference openers. The Dec. 20 calendar date marked the earliest conference (Big 12/SWC) opener in program history.
- Texas improved to 19-6 all-time in Big 12 home openers.
- The Longhorns improved to 53-45 in the all-time series against Oklahoma State.
- UT has won 19 of the last 30 meetings in the series.
- Texas is 34-21 against Oklahoma State since the inception of the Big 12 Conference (prior to the start of the 1996-97 season).
- The Longhorns have won 14 of the last 17 meetings in Austin against the Cowboys.
- UT improved to 31-14 all-time in games played in Austin against Oklahoma State.
- Texas improved to 258-53 at the Erwin Center in the last 19 seasons (dating back to the start of the 2002-03 season). UT is 67-27 at home during the Shaka Smart era (4-1 this season).
- UT converted 20-of-26 (.769) from the free throw line, while Oklahoma State went 13-of-21 (.619) from the line.
- Texas posted a 44-38 rebound margin, including a 15-10 edge on the offensive glass. UT posted an 18-5 advantage in second-chance points.
- The Longhorns registered a 19-9 advantage in points off turnovers.
- Registered his second straight and third double-double (24 points, 14 rebounds) of the season and in his career (8 games)
- Set a career high in points, previous: 18 vs. Texas State (Dec. 9)
- Set a career high in rebounds, previous: 10, twice
- Set a career high in offensive rebounds (5), previous: 3 vs. Sam Houston State (Dec. 16)
- Set a career high in minutes (26), previous: 24, twice
- Tied his career high in blocked shots (3), also had 3 vs. Texas State (Dec. 9)
- Tied his career high in field goals made (7-14), also had 7 vs. Texas State (Dec. 9)
- Tied his career high in free throws made (7-11), also had 7 vs. UTRGV (Nov. 25)
- Tied his career high in three-point field goals made (3-7), also had 3 vs. Texas State (Dec. 9)
- Topped the 20-point mark for the first time in his career
- Reached double figures in scoring for the sixth time in his career
- Reached double digits in rebounds for the third time this year in his career
- Posted a team-best plus-minus total of +17
- Tied his career high in rebounds (7), set three times previously
- Reached double figures in scoring (15 points) for the sixth time this year (8 games) and 61st time in his career (109 games)
- Set a season high in free throws made (9-10), previous: 4 vs. Sam Houston State (Dec. 16) – just one shy of his career high (10 vs. Texas Tech on March 8, 2018)
- Tied his career high in scoring (22 points), set twice previously
- Tied his career high in field goals made (8-17), set three times previously
- Set a season high in rebounds (7), previous: 6 vs. Texas State (Dec. 9) – just two shy of his career high (9 vs. Iowa State, Feb. 7, 2017)
- Set a season high in three-point field goals made (3-6), previous: 2 vs. Indiana (Dec. 1)
- Set a season high in minutes (34), previous: 31 vs. Davidson (Nov. 30)
- Topped the 20-point mark for the first time this year (7 games) and seventh time in his career (83 games)
- Reached double figures in scoring for the fifth time this year and 49th time in his career
- Set his career high in rebounds (5), previous: 4, twice
- Set his season high in field goals made (3-6)
- Tied his season high in minutes (13)