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Updated: Tuesday, March 1, 2005 2:05 AM EST
NCAA BASKETBALL RECAP
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(20) Oklahoma 74, Texas 58

AUSTIN, Texas (Ticker) -- Freshman David Godbold spoiled Senior Night for Texas.

Godbold had eight of his 14 points in a pivotal stretch midway through the first half as No. 20 Oklahoma posted a 74-58 triumph over Big 12 Conference rival Texas.

In sweeping the season series from their rivals, the Sooners also broke a tie with Oklahoma State and moved into sole possession of second place behind conference leader Kansas.

Texas, led by senior Jason Klotz, came out with an emotional effort and led, 15-11, following a 3-pointer by Daniel Gibson 9:02 into the contest.

But Godbold buried a 3-pointer 20 seconds later, igniting a 12-0 burst, and Oklahoma (22-6, 11-4 Big 12) never was headed. He added a layup during the run and capped it with a 3-pointer.

Lawrence McKenzie led the Sooners with 16 points and Terrell Everett chipped in 11.

"Defense and rebounding were keys tonight," Oklahoma coach Kelvin Sampson said. "You need good rebounding. We worked hard on offensive rebounding. It was physical and we had to play tough. ... We have had some big wins this year. This is our best road win."

Gibson, also a freshman, led Texas (19-9, 8-7) with 16 points but shot just 4-of-14 from the field. Klotz added 15.

"Defending (Gibson) was a big key," Everett said. "Daniel's a tremendous player. We tried to do our best to limit his touches on the ball. We knew we had to contain him to win the game."

The Longhorns fell to 1-4 against ranked teams this season.

"They didn't give us anything we didn't expect," Texas coach Rick Barnes said. "They followed Daniel everywhere he went. We knew they would do that. We need guys to go get the ball and we needed our guards to step up. They had trouble doing things with the ball. ... Daniel played around 38-40 minutes but it was equal to 60 the way people attacked him. We have to have more than one guy willing to handle the ball."

"Their guards were very aggressive," Gibson said. "They made shots, and did well rebounding. Coach Barnes told us that Oklahoma was going to come out and play hard and they did. I was not shocked, but I was impressed with their play. They double teamed us a lot and it wore us down."

After Godbold's 3-pointer put Oklahoma on top, 23-15, with 7:50 to go in the half, Texas never got closer than five the rest of the half.

The Sooners were 15-of-32 from the field in the opening half, including 5-of-10 from 3-point range. They also held a 21-13 edge on the boards.

McKenzie was 4-of-5, including 3-of-3 from the arc, for 11 points in the half.

Oklahoma opened the second half with an 8-0 burst and coasted thereafter.

Texas got within 64-55 with 2:09 to go but drew no closer and the Sooners made their free throws down the stretch, going 16-of-19 from the line in the second half.

The Longhorns committed 15 turnovers which led to 23 points for Oklahoma. The Sooners also held a 14-0 edge in fast-break points.

"OU is a very athletic team," Barnes added. "Their guard play is more athletic, and in a jumping contest, they won most of the possessions."

"There is no excuse for the loss," Klotz said. "I'm just not sure if there was enough effort on our part. You cannot spot the other team 13 points and expect to come back."


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