The Oklahoma Sooners passed a test Monday night at the Lloyd Noble Center as they outlasted the Texas Longhorns 73-67.
With 1:45 to play the Sooners were sitting with a comfortable 11 point lead, after Sam Grooms made one out of two free throws. The raucous crowd had burst into a premature chant of “Just like football” and it appeared the Sooners had the win secure. But Texas wasn’t done yet.
On the ensuing possession, Jaylen Bond was fouled, and sent to the free throw line for the Longhorns. He made the first, and missed the second, but Texas grabbed the board. After a missed layup and another rebound Ioannis Papapetrou nailed a three pointer that sliced the Sooner lead to seven. Then the Longhorn promptly forced a Sooner turnover, and Papapetrou hit another from long range. The now silent crowd stood stunned, as they had witnessed an 11 point advantage decrease to four in a matter of 30 seconds.
Sam Grooms was fouled on the inbounds play, and sent to the line hoping to put t...