Nothing is ever boring when the Sooners and Mavericks meet. Tuesday night, Oklahoma had their hands full with a resilient UTA squad that pushed OU to the final second.
Oklahoma survived a late push by the Mavericks to win, 91-89; a win not possible without some late Cameron Clark free throws and missed last second jumper from UTA’s Brandon Edwards.
It was a huge night from Oklahoma’s Cameron Clark, scoring 31 points and adding six rebounds and three steals.
OU, also, got some big help from Buddy Hield, who was celebrating a birthday Tuesday. Hield added 19 points, shooting four-of-eight from the perimeter.
The atmosphere did not exactly match the intensity of the actual game on the floor. But the fans that did show up to the Lloyd Noble Center definitely got their money’s worth.
The Sooners got out early, leading the Mavericks 21-8 with 14:16 on the clock in the first half. However, Texas-Arlington went on a 14-0 run to take the lead a little over three minutes later.
OU was able to pick things up, while trying their best to stave off UTA’s Reger Dowell. Oklahoma lead by four at halftime.
The second half seemed to be nicer to the Sooners. Oklahoma took multiple double-digit leads, but Texas-Arlington always had a response.
Their strong 89-point effort was largely in part to Dowell. The former Oklahoma State Cowboy scored 30 points, shooting 11-of-18 from the field.
Not surprisingly, UTA got some great three-point shooting out of their guys. Jamel Outler hit five from beyond the arc, adding 17 to the Mavericks point total. Brandon Edwards was a dismal 0-for-5 from the perimeter, but still contributed 12 points.
This was a hard-fought win for the Sooners, who were a Brandon Edwards jumper away from overtime.
The Sooners improve to 10-1 on the season, and up next on the schedule is the Texas A&M Aggies, which will conclude the Big 12-SEC hoops challenge.
That game will be available on ESPNU and WatchESPN, and tip-off inside the Toyota Center in Houston is set for 6 P.M. CST.