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Updated: Tuesday, February 11, 2003 1:09 AM EST
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(6) Texas 67, (4) Oklahoma 61
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AUSTIN, Texas (Ticker) -- Texas needed every weapon in its arsenal to finally dispose of a bitter rival.

Royal Ivey and Brandon Mouton scored 14 points apiece as the sixth-ranked Longhorns snapped an eight-game losing streak to fourth-ranked Oklahoma with a 67-61 Big 12 Conference victory.

Texas had not defeated the Sooners since January 25, 1999, including losses each of the previous three seasons. Oklahoma had won its last three visits to Austin but could not handle the Longhorns' balanced attack on Monday.

"We had a lot of different guys who made plays for us," Texas coach Rick Barnes said.

"We played hard and it was a great win," Ivey added. "We kept our poise, stayed focused and stayed together. Tonight was a team effort. We knew that if we played well for 40 minutes, then we could win."

Texas, which squandered a 14-point first-half lead, was clinging to a 55-54 edge before Ivey buried a 3-pointer with 2:12 remaining. Oklahoma's Quannas White made two free throws before Mouton responded with a pull-up jumper at the 1:55 mark.

Hollis Price buried a 3-pointer to bring the Sooners within 60-59, but Jason Klotz answered with a hook shot with 70 seconds left. Mouton stole an errant pass from Price at the other end and made 1-of-2 free throws with 40 seconds remaining.

T.J. Ford and James Thomas each sank a pair of free throws in the final 18 seconds as Texas (16-4, 7-2 Big 12) improved to 11-0 at the Erwin Center this season.

"Oklahoma is an outstanding defensive team," Barnes said. "They were really tough coming down the stretch. I told the guys we needed to let our defense dictate the game."

Thomas finished with 11 points and matched a career-high with 16 rebounds as the Longhorns held a 42-34 edge on the glass.

Texas shot just 39 percent (25-of-64) from the floor and made only 12-of-20 free throws. But Oklahoma also struggled, shooting 42 percent (22-of-52) and managing only five assists.

"When these two teams play, there is not going to be a lot of easy baskets," Oklahoma coach Kelvin Sampson said. "Both teams are loaded with talent. These are two great teams and two great programs."

Price scored seven of his 23 points in the final four minutes but had little help down the stretch.

"We came so close," he said. "We know how to win close ballgames. This one got away from us. We didn't make our free throws and turned the ball over down the stretch. Mouton and Thomas made big shots for Texas and that ended up being the difference."

Kevin Bookout scored 12 points and White finished with 10 as Oklahoma (16-4, 7-2) had its six-game winning streak snapped.

Ivey scored seven points in the the opening 13 minutes and buried a 3-pointer to give Texas its largest lead at 28-14 with 7:48 remaining. Price buried three 3-pointers in the final 5:06 of the half as Oklahoma climbed within 36-31 at the break.

Price buried a pair of jumpers during an 11-3 run early in the second half. Ebi Ere capped the burst with a 3-pointer to give Oklahoma its first lead at 45-43 with 14:11 to go.

Ere buried another jumper to give the Sooners their largest lead at 48-45 with 12:29 left. But Oklahoma missed nine straight shots and three free throws, going scoreless until Price sank two foul shots with 3:56 remaining.

The Longhorns took the lead for good at 50-48 on a 3-pointer by Mouton with 8:14 left but failed to pull away as they made just one of their next eight shots before Ivey's clutch 3-pointer.


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