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Longhorns Lose to Oklahoma State, 78-65

Updated: Saturday, March 2 2013, 09:27 PM CST

The special formula of a spectacular Myck Kabongo and an effective full-court press provided the most thrilling victory Texas' disappointing season and the biggest comeback of Rick Barnes' tenure.

Neither one could make an impact on the road at No. 15 Oklahoma State.

Markel Brown scored 18 points, Le'Bryan Nash added 16 and the Cowboys corralled Kabongo to beat Texas 78-65 on Saturday.

A showcase of two of the Big 12's marquee point guards ended up being a sloppy one, with Kabongo committing a career-high seven turnovers against frequent double-teams while the Cowboys' Marcus Smart had five.

"I don't know why Myck wasn't doing the things we asked him to do," Barnes said. "We knew that would happen. We had three guys out there that played the point, four really.

"I think Myck got caught up in it a little bit, trying to do it too much by himself."

Oklahoma State (22-6, 12-4 Big 12) took advantage of two of Kabongo's turnovers to score the final eight points of the first half and start an 18-2 run that carried beyond halftime. By the time it was over, the Cowboys were firmly in front at 47-33 after Nash drove through traffic for a right-handed slam.

Texas (13-16, 5-11) never got within 10 points after that.

The Cowboys sent two defenders at Kabongo at every chance, forcing him into mistakes or simply getting the ball out of the hands of Texas' top scorer. The Longhorns had won three of five after Kabongo returned from a 23-game NCAA suspension, and he had a career-best 31 points in the win against Oklahoma in his last game.

Kabongo ended up with a season-low seven points and eight assists, missing five of his seven shots.

"We actually talked a lot about him today not having the ball in his hand. He didn't get in there and do as much with it, but it wasn't just him," Barnes said. "It was the other guys not moving the ball and guys getting stagnant."

Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford said he focused so much on stopping Kabongo during the Cowboys' game preparations that he had second thoughts over whether he had been too dismissive of the rest of the Longhorns.

"We put a big emphasis on slowing him down," Ford said. "Their last five games that he's played in, that ball's been in his hands 90 percent of the time. We thought he was a pretty big key to their team."

In the first 16 minutes, Smart didn't score and committed all five of his turnovers. He played a clean game after that, ending up with 11 points, four steals and three assists.

"You can always count on him coming back and doing something positive," Ford said. "His stat line is always amazing. He always ends up with great stats. ... It doesn't overly concern me because I know we're going to get something out of him. But when he's locked in from the beginning, it obviously makes our team that much better."

Julien Lewis returned after missing the last game with a concussion and led Texas with 15 points, hitting four of 11 from 3-point range. Javan Felix scored 13 points.

Barnes decided to play his second-leading scorer, Sheldon McClellan, just 7 minutes. He did not score.

"We know our guys. We know when they're engaged, we know when they're focused and that's what we base it on," Barnes said. "I think those guys will tell you if they're doing what we want them to do, they can make mistakes. We don't expect them to be perfect. What we want: We want guys engaged.

"We're around these guys every day of the year almost. We know when they're focused, like Myck had a tough day today and he fought it. He was trying to do it, maybe do too much."

The Longhorns tried to deploy their full-court press, but couldn't duplicate their comeback from a 22-point deficit in the final 8 minutes of regulation in an overtime win against Oklahoma on Wednesday night.

Oklahoma State was able to handle the pressure without much trouble, using it to create easy scoring chances.

Phil Forte grabbed a press-breaking outlet pass and hit an open 3-pointer from the left wing, and Brown converted a three-point play on the Cowboys' next possession after getting a high-arcing runner to go over the corner of the backboard and fall in. His ensuing free throw stretched the lead to 65-46 with 7:31 remaining.

"Everybody wants to know why you don't press all the time. Well, certain teams obviously handle pressure more than other teams," Barnes said. "We don't want to have to get behind and scramble all the time."

Ford said he watched Texas' comeback against Oklahoma twice, trying to analyze why it happened.

"I figured we could be right back in that situation. We had our guys watch it, too," he said. "We controlled things on our end the way we needed to. They turned us over a couple times, we were lackadaisical but by that time, the game was in hand."The special formula of a spectacular Myck Kabongo and an effective full-court press provided the most thrilling victory Texas' disappointing season and the biggest comeback of Rick Barnes' tenure.

Neither one could make an impact on the road at No. 15 Oklahoma State.

Markel Brown scored 18 points, Le'Bryan Nash added 16 and the Cowboys corralled Kabongo to beat Texas 78-65 on Saturday.

A showcase of two of the Big 12's marquee point guards ended up being a sloppy one, with Kabongo committing a career-high seven turnovers against frequent double-teams while the Cowboys' Marcus Smart had five.

"I don't know why Myck wasn't doing the things we asked him to do," Barnes said. "We knew that would happen. We had three guys out there that played the point, four really.

"I think Myck got caught up in it a little bit, trying to do it too much by himself."

Oklahoma State (22-6, 12-4 Big 12) took advantage of two of Kabongo's turnovers to score the final eight points of the first half and start an 18-2 run that carried beyond halftime. By the time it was over, the Cowboys were firmly in front at 47-33 after Nash drove through traffic for a right-handed slam.

Texas (13-16, 5-11) never got within 10 points after that.

The Cowboys sent two defenders at Kabongo at every chance, forcing him into mistakes or simply getting the ball out of the hands of Texas' top scorer. The Longhorns had won three of five after Kabongo returned from a 23-game NCAA suspension, and he had a career-best 31 points in the win against Oklahoma in his last game.

Kabongo ended up with a season-low seven points and eight assists, missing five of his seven shots.

"We actually talked a lot about him today not having the ball in his hand. He didn't get in there and do as much with it, but it wasn't just him," Barnes said. "It was the other guys not moving the ball and guys getting stagnant."

Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford said he focused so much on stopping Kabongo during the Cowboys' game preparations that he had second thoughts over whether he had been too dismissive of the rest of the Longhorns.

"We put a big emphasis on slowing him down," Ford said. "Their last five games that he's played in, that ball's been in his hands 90 percent of the time. We thought he was a pretty big key to their team."

In the first 16 minutes, Smart didn't score and committed all five of his turnovers. He played a clean game after that, ending up with 11 points, four steals and three assists.

"You can always count on him coming back and doing something positive," Ford said. "His stat line is always amazing. He always ends up with great stats. ... It doesn't overly concern me because I know we're going to get something out of him. But when he's locked in from the beginning, it obviously makes our team that much better."

Julien Lewis returned after missing the last game with a concussion and led Texas with 15 points, hitting four of 11 from 3-point range. Javan Felix scored 13 points.

Barnes decided to play his second-leading scorer, Sheldon McClellan, just 7 minutes. He did not score.

"We know our guys. We know when they're engaged, we know when they're focused and that's what we base it on," Barnes said. "I think those guys will tell you if they're doing what we want them to do, they can make mistakes. We don't expect them to be perfect. What we want: We want guys engaged.

"We're around these guys every day of the year almost. We know when they're focused, like Myck had a tough day today and he fought it. He was trying to do it, maybe do too much."

The Longhorns tried to deploy their full-court press, but couldn't duplicate their comeback from a 22-point deficit in the final 8 minutes of regulation in an overtime win against Oklahoma on Wednesday night.

Oklahoma State was able to handle the pressure without much trouble, using it to create easy scoring chances.

Phil Forte grabbed a press-breaking outlet pass and hit an open 3-pointer from the left wing, and Brown converted a three-point play on the Cowboys' next possession after getting a high-arcing runner to go over the corner of the backboard and fall in. His ensuing free throw stretched the lead to 65-46 with 7:31 remaining.

"Everybody wants to know why you don't press all the time. Well, certain teams obviously handle pressure more than other teams," Barnes said. "We don't want to have to get behind and scramble all the time."

Ford said he watched Texas' comeback against Oklahoma twice, trying to analyze why it happened.

"I figured we could be right back in that situation. We had our guys watch it, too," he said. "We controlled things on our end the way we needed to. They turned us over a couple times, we were lackadaisical but by that time, the game was in hand."Longhorns Lose to Oklahoma State, 78-65


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NCAA MEN'S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

Friday's Games

SOUTH REGION: Duke 63, Utah 57

SOUTH REGION: Gonzaga 74, UCLA 62

EAST REGION: Louisville 75, NC State 65

EAST REGION: Michigan State 62, Oklahoma 58

Saturday's Games

WEST REGION FINAL: Wisconsin vs. Arizona at Los Angeles, 6:09 p.m.

MIDWEST REGION FINAL: Kentucky vs. Notre Dame at Cleveland, 8:49 p.m.

NBA

Friday's Games

L.A. Clippers 119, Philadelphia 98

Washington 110, Charlotte 107,2OT

Detroit 111, Orlando 97

Atlanta 99, Miami 86

Toronto 94, L.A. Lakers 83

Brooklyn 106, Cleveland 98

Boston 96, New York 92

New Orleans 102, Sacramento 88

Houston 120, Minnesota 110

Golden State 107, Memphis 84

San Antonio 94, Dallas 76

Denver 107, Utah 91

Portland 87, Phoenix 81

Saturday's Games

Atlanta at Charlotte, 7 p.m.

New York at Chicago, 8 p.m.

Golden State at Milwaukee, 8:30 p.m.

Oklahoma City at Utah, 9 p.m.

Denver at Portland, 10 p.m.

NHL

Friday's Games

Minnesota 4, Calgary 2

Columbus 5, Chicago 2

Edmonton 4, Dallas 0

Saturday's Games

Nashville at Washington, 12:30 p.m.

N.Y. Rangers at Boston, 1 p.m.

Anaheim at N.Y. Islanders, 1 p.m.

San Jose at Philadelphia, 1 p.m.

Arizona at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Detroit, 2 p.m.

Ottawa at Toronto, 7 p.m.

Florida at Montreal, 7 p.m.

New Jersey at Carolina, 7 p.m.

Columbus at St. Louis, 8 p.m.

Los Angeles at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

Buffalo at Colorado, 9 p.m.

Dallas at Vancouver, 10 p.m

NCAA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

Friday's Games

OKLAHOMA CITY REGION: Baylor 81, Iowa 66

OKLAHOMA CITY REGION: Notre Dame 81, Stanford 60

GREENSBORO REGION: South Carolina 67, North Carolina 65

GREENSBORO REGION: Florida State 66, Arizona State 65

Saturday's Games

ALBANY REGION: UConn (34-1) vs. Texas (24-10), Noon

ALBANY REGION: Dayton (27-6) vs. Louisville (27-6), 2:30 p.m.

SPOKANE REGION: Maryland (32-2) vs. Duke (23-10), 4:30 p.m.

SPOKANE REGION: Gonzaga (26-7) vs. Tennessee (29-5), 7 p.m.

MLS

Friday

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San Jose at New England, 3 p.m.

Orlando City at Montreal, 4 p.m.

Los Angeles at D.C. United, 7 p.m.

Sporting Kansas City at New York City FC, 7 p.m.

New York at Columbus, 7:30 p.m.

Portland at Vancouver, 8 p.m.

Seattle at FC Dallas, 8:30 p.m.

Colorado at Houston, 8:30 p.m.

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St. Louis (ss) 5, N.Y. Mets 4

N.Y. Yankees 10, Philadelphia 0, 6 innings

Pittsburgh 4, Minnesota 2, 8 innings

Atlanta 4, Boston 2, 7 innings

Tampa Bay vs. Baltimore at Sarasota, Fla., ccd., Rain

Washington 1, St. Louis (ss) 1, tie

Toronto 4, Detroit 1, 5 innings

Oakland 7, Texas 6

Chicago Cubs 6, Chicago White Sox 3

Arizona (ss) 3, Cleveland 2

Arizona (ss) 7, L.A. Angels 2

Miami vs. Houston at Kissimmee, Fla., ccd., Rain

Kansas City 5, Seattle 1

San Diego 7, Colorado 5

Milwaukee 8, Cincinnati 6

San Francisco 8, L.A. Dodgers 4

Saturday's Games

Philadelphia vs. Minnesota at Fort Myers, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Houston vs. Miami at Jupiter, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

St. Louis vs. Detroit at Lakeland, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Baltimore vs. N.Y. Yankees at Tampa, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Boston vs. Tampa Bay at Port Charlotte, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Toronto (ss) vs. Pittsburgh at Bradenton, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Atlanta vs. Toronto (ss) at Dunedin, Fla., 1:07 p.m.

Washington vs. N.Y. Mets at Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1:10 p.m.

Colorado vs. Chicago Cubs (ss) at Mesa, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

Cleveland vs. Milwaukee at Phoenix, 4:05 p.m.

Oakland vs. Chicago White Sox at Glendale, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

San Francisco vs. Seattle at Peoria, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

Chicago Cubs (ss) vs. Cincinnati at Goodyear, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

San Diego vs. Texas at Surprise, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers vs. L.A. Angels at Tempe, Ariz., 4:10 p.m.

Kansas City vs. Arizona at Scottsdale, Ariz., 4:10 p.m.

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