Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Norman, Okla. Blake Griffin and Oklahoma finally had enough of losing to Texas.
Griffin racked up his 14th double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead the sixth-ranked Sooners to a 78-63 victory over the 11th-ranked Longhorns on Monday night, snapping a six-game losing streak to their Red River rivals.
Only two players on Oklahoma’s team had ever beaten the Longhorns. Even third-year coach Jeff Capel didn’t have a victory in the rivalry.
“For us to come in and get that first one, it feels good,” Griffin said, “and hopefully it kind of sets the tone for the rest of the Big 12 season.”
Oklahoma’s last win in the series came in Norman in 2006, but the Longhorns routed the Sooners, 72-48, in the rematch that season and went on to win each of the next five meetings by double digits as well.
Texas never even took the lead on Monday.
Willie Warren scored 17 points and Tony Crocker added 16 points and nine rebounds as the Sooners (16-1, 2-0) built a 16-point lead early and then thwarted a second-half rally.
“It means a lot to all of us just to get this win,” said Crocker, who lost his first five games against the Longhorns.
Damion James brought Texas (12-4, 1-1) within 54-50 with a 3-pointer from the right wing with 11:13 to play, but the Longhorns then went 61⁄2 minutes without scoring.
Warren’s driving layup started a 12-0 run for the Sooners, and Taylor Griffin’s two free throws pushed the lead to 66-50 with 5:05 remaining.