Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) – Jordan Hamilton had 22 points and 10 rebounds to help No. 10 Texas earn a 74-54 win over Oklahoma in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Tournament.
Tristan Thompson had 13 points and 11 rebounds while J’Covan Brown added 11 points and five assists for the second-seeded Longhorns (26-6), who will play the winner of the Missouri/Texas A&M game in the semifinals on Friday.
“A really good team win for us,” said Texas head coach Rick Barnes. “I thought our bench was terrific tonight. I thought those guys, really every one of them, came in and did exactly what we would ask them to do.”
Cade Davis had 17 points to lead the 10th-seeded Sooners (14-18), who last won this tournament in 2003. Andrew Fitzgerald added 10 points in the loss.
Texas never trailed this game. Thompson opened the scoring with a slam and a Jai Lucas layup just over five minutes in pushed the Longhorns’ lead to 11-2.
Texas continued to build on its advantage and a 7-0 run saw the team take a 33-14 lead on a Hamilton layup with just under four minutes to play in the first half.
It was a 43-20 lead at the half, but the Sooners tried to get back into the game with an 8-0 run, pulling within 53-39 on a Davis three-pointer with 12 1/2 minutes to play.
However, Texas was able to keep its lead in double digits as the closest Oklahoma got down the stretch was 13 points.
Oklahoma still holds a 47-32 edge in the series, but the Longhorns have won 11 of the last 13 games…Texas is now 19-14 in this tournament while Oklahoma is 20-12…Texas hit 50.9 percent of its shots while Oklahoma made 40.4 percent.