Greg Brown records 24 points and 14 rebounds, while Andrew Jones ties his career high with 22 points to lead the Longhorns in their Big 12 Conference opener.
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.