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Updated: Saturday, March 8, 2003 8:10 PM EST
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(4) Texas 76, (5) Oklahoma 71
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NORMAN, Oklahoma (Ticker) -- T.J. Ford and Texas crashed Hollis Price's farewell party.

Ford made a free throw and a key jumper in the final 54 seconds as the fourth-ranked Longhorns scored the final 11 points and snapped No. 5 Oklahoma's 37-game home winning streak with a 76-71 Big 12 Conference victory.

Texas (22-5, 13-3 Big 12) rallied from a 15-point deficit in the second half and grabbed the No. 2 seed in the Big 12 tournament. The loss by Oklahoma gave the top seed to Kansas, which can earn the outright conference title Sunday with a win at Missouri.

"The streak is over now, and we'll start a new one next year," Oklahoma coach Kelvin Sampson said. "We promise."

Price, considered the heart and soul of the Sooners, was looking to end his home career with a victory over his team's biggest rival. But the heroics of Ford - his good friend - helped spoil it as the Longhorns held Oklahoma (21-6, 12-4) scoreless for the final 4:19.

"It's real tough knowing it's his last game here and we ruined the streak," Ford said. "I had to come out and play well and leave our friendship off the court. He played well, all the seniors played well. I wish them the best of luck."

Ford drove to the basket and was fouled by Jabahri Brown with 54 seconds left. He made 1-of-2 at the line to snap a 71-71 tie and Brian Boddicker came up with the offensive rebound.

Texas ran down the shot clock and isolated Ford on Quannas White. Ford drove to the right side of the lane, pulled up and drilled a jumper for a three-point cushion with 12 seconds to go.

"When he drove to the basket late and got that shot off over me, I was there, he just made a big shot," White said.

"You could just tell he was starting to feel pretty good," Texas coach Rick Barnes said. "The thing that impressed me is that he only had one turnover. I wouldn't trade T.J. Ford for anyone in the country."

After a timeout by Oklahoma, Price missed a 3-pointer with 13 seconds left. The Sooners came up with an offensive rebound and missed an inside shot before calling another timeout.

With Price and White blanketed on the perimeter, the ball was inbounded to freshman De'Angelo Alexander, who misfired on a 3-pointer with two seconds remaining. Texas' James Thomas made a pair from the line to cap the scoring.

"I don't think I was open," Price said. "T.J was on me and we ran the play. Somebody set a good screen on T.J. but they had a big guy help on me. Quannas made a good pass to De'Angelo and he just missed the shot. It was a good look for us."

Alexander missed all six 3-point attempts.

The Sooners suffered their first home loss since a 69-61 defeat to Kansas on January 13, 2001.

"It is hard to talk right now," Price said. "The emotions of the day were great. The fans showed up and gave us a lot of support. We played hard. We just didn't get the job done and that is the disappointing thing about this game."

White drilled a 3-pointer for a 71-65 advantage with 4:19 remaining. Ford answered with a jumper and James Thomas scored an inside hoop to bring Texas within two points.

Oklahoma freshman Kevin Bookout missed a pair of foul shots and Royal Ivey's jumper with 1:29 remaining tied the game. The Sooners had a chance to regain the lead, but Johnnie Gilbert missed two free throws with 68 seconds to go.

"This was a tough day," Sampson said. "Texas is a really, really good basketball team. Our team will bounce back."

Ford scored 14 of his 18 points in the second half and also added 10 assists to lead Texas. Royal Ivey added 16 points as the Longhorns' backcourt outplayed the Sooners' duo of Price and White.

"We just stayed together and played together," Ford said. "Everyone did their part. Everyone made big shots, it just wasn't one person. My job is to get my teammates open shots and I thought I did a good job of that in the first half."

Price made five 3-pointers and finished with 22 points to lead all scorers, but fellow senior White struggled. White netted 11 points on 3-of-9 shooting, but handed out seven assists.

Oklahoma never trailed in the first half, taking a 42-34 lead into the locker room. After Ivey opened the second half with a layup, Alexander netted six straight points and Gilbert had a basket for a 50-36 cushion with just under 17 minutes remaining.

Price's 3-pointer with 13:49 left to play gave Oklahoma a 58-43 cushion. Price was held scoreless over the final six minutes and the disconsolate senior received words of encouragement from Barnes during the post-game handshakes.

"I told the team that this was the biggest game we've played all year because of where we are right now," Barnes said.

Brandon Mouton netted 11 points and Thomas added 10 and six rebounds for Texas, which won its fourth straight. The Longhorns had lost eight straight to the Sooners before sweeping the season series this year.


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