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Warren, OU edge Utah 78-73 in OT

Willie Warren scored 27 points and Tommy Mason-Griffin had a career-best 18 points as Oklahoma outlasted Utah 78-73 in overtime Saturday in Salt Lake City.

In overtime, Warren scored on a drive and then hit a 26-foot three-pointer to beat the shot clock and give Oklahoma a 74-71 lead.

Luka Drca, who had 13 points and eight rebounds for Utah (5-5), stole the ball, and Warren fouled out trying to slow him on the resulting breakaway. Drca made both free throws, but the Utes did not score again.

Mason-Griffin made two free throws and then had a steal and another free throw to secure the win for the Sooners (7-3), their fifth in a row.

For Utah, Carlon Brown scored 16 points and hit the shot that sent the game into overtime. But Brown made just 4 of 15 shots, and the Utes missed their last 15 three-point attempts.

Brown scored on an acrobatic reverse layup with six seconds left in regulation to tie the score. Warren hustled back to the other end to try and match Brown with a sprawling shot of his own, but he couldn't get it over 7-foot-3 center David Foster.

Tony Crocker had 12 points and 10 rebounds and was one of four Sooners who logged more than 39 minutes.

Jay Watkins scored 13 points, and Foster blocked six shots.

Brown made two of the Utes' last three baskets in regulation but missed four straight free throws in the final six minutes. Utah finished 14 of 22 from the line after making all four attempts in overtime.

The Sooners, which shot 34 percent, began the second half with a 12-2 run, and their active zone defense forced the Utes into a barrage of misfires from the perimeter.

Once Utah regained the lead at 50-48 on Jason Washburn's follow shot, Warren took over offensively. Undeterred by a slow start, Warren scored Oklahoma's next 11 points to give the Sooners their biggest advantage of the second half, 59-52. Warren was 7 of 22 from the field and 11 of 12 from the free-throw line.

Warren missed his first four shots and had two turnovers under heavy defensive pressure. His teammates picked up the slack, and the Sooners jumped out to a 14-3 lead in the first four minutes of the game.

Utah battled back with a 17-2 run which was capped by Kim Tillie's layup. Later, Washburn brought the crowd to its feet with a fast-break dunk, and Brown added three-pointer to give Utah an 11-point lead. The Utes led 42-36 at halftime.

OKLAHOMA (7-3): Gallon 3-6 1-2 9, Davis 2-7 4-5 9, Crocker 4-10 3-5 12, Mason-Griffin 5-14 6-8 18, Warren 7-22 11-12 27, Wright 1-3 1-2 3, Pledger 0-1 0-0 0, Fitzgerald 0-1 0-0 0, Allen 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22- 64 26-34 78.

UTAH (5-5): Tillie 2-6 1-2 5, Brown 4-15 6-10 16, Foster 3-5 1-1 7, Henderson 3-11 0-0 8, Drca 5-11 2-3 13, Hines 0-0 0-0 0, Watkins 5-9 3-3 13, Tavita 0-1 0-0 0, Washburn 4-6 1-2 9, Cyphers 1-3 0-1 2. Totals 27-67 14-22 73.

Halftime—Utah 42-36. End Of Regulation—Tied 67. 3-Point Goals—Oklahoma 8-20 (Gallon 2-3, Warren 2-4, Mason-Griffin 2-4, Crocker 1-4, Davis 1-4, Pledger 0-1), Utah 5-24 (Brown 2-7, Henderson 2 -8, Drca 1-7, Tavita 0-1, Cyphers 0-1). Fouled Out—Gallon, Warren. Rebounds—Oklahoma 47 (Crocker 10), Utah 45 (Brown, Drca 8). Assists—Oklahoma 8 (Warren 4), Utah 14 (Brown 5). Total Fouls—Oklah oma 19, Utah 25. A—9,268.

No. 2 Texas 87, Texas St. 54 — Shot by shot, rebound by rebound, the double-doubles keep coming for Texas senior forward Damion James.

How about a dozen more?

James got his 40th career double-double Saturday with 21 points and 16 rebounds.

"I think 50 sounds better. Or 60," James said. "It's cool. I just want to win. I promise, that's all I want to do."

Texas (8-0) has won its first eight games by at least 15 points, the first time that's happened.

But Saturday's victory was tempered by another injury to a guard.

Freshman J'Covan Brown, who has started four games and is averaging 12.6 points, had to be helped off the court about 6 minutes into the second half after a fall near the basket. Trainers wrapped his left ankle and he left the court on crutches a few minutes later.

Coach Rick Barnes said immediately after the game he didn't know the extent of the injury.

Brown had switched his jersey from No. 14 to No. 50 for the rest of the season to honor teammate Varez Ward, who was lost for the season with a thigh injury in pregame warmups last month.

If Brown is forced to miss games, it would be at least a temporary hit to the impressive guard depth Texas enjoyed when the season began.

The Longhorns get to add a new one within a few days. Jai Lucas, a transfer from Florida, will be eligible to play Dec. 19 against North Carolina.

"You don't ever have enough players," Barnes said.

TEXAS ST. (3-7): Bishop 2-5 1-3 5, Johnson 0-11 0-0 0, Rybak 3-10 2-2 9, Bowman 3-10 1-2 8, Segura 0-6 0-0 0, Bidias a Moute 4-8 0-0 8, Hale 1-1 0-0 3, Conley 1-5 7-9 10, Jackson 1-3 1-4 3, Sloan 1-1 3-6 5, White 1-4 1-2 3. Totals 17-64 16-28 54.

TEXAS (8-0): James 8-10 5-10 21, Pittman 3-4 3-4 9, Bradley 6-13 0-0 15, Balbay 1-3 0-0 2, Mason 1-3 0-0 2, Johnson 2-2 0-0 4, Williams 0-2 0-0 0, Wangmene 2-3 1-1 5, Hill 1-2 1-3 3, Hamilton 6-16 1-1 14 , Brown 1-5 6-6 9, Chapman 1-1 1-2 3. Totals 32-64 18-27 87.

Halftime—Texas 46-24. 3-Point Goals—Texas St. 4-20 (Hale 1-1, Bowman 1-4, Conley 1-4, Rybak 1-5, Jackson 0-1, White 0-1, Segura 0-4), Texas 5-21 (Bradley 3-6, Brown 1-4, Hamilton 1-6, Williams 0-1, James 0-1, Mason 0-1, Balbay 0-2). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Texas St. 44 (Rybak 10), Texas 48 (James 16). Assists—Texas St. 10 (White 3), Texas 17 (Hamilton 4). Total Fouls—Texas St. 25, Texas 23. A—14,304.

BNo. 2 Texas 87, Texas St. 54 — Shot by shot, rebound by rebound, the double-doubles keep coming for Texas senior forward Damion James.

How about a dozen more?

James got his 40th career double-double Saturday with 21 points and 16 rebounds.

"I think 50 sounds better. Or 60," James said. "It's cool. I just want to win. I promise, that's all I want to do."

Texas (8-0) has won its first eight games by at least 15 points, the first time that's happened.

But Saturday's victory was tempered by another injury to a guard.

Freshman J'Covan Brown, who has started four games and is averaging 12.6 points, had to be helped off the court about 6 minutes into the second half after a fall near the basket. Trainers wrapped his left ankle and he left the court on crutches a few minutes later.

Coach Rick Barnes said immediately after the game he didn't know the extent of the injury.

Brown had switched his jersey from No. 14 to No. 50 for the rest of the season to honor teammate Varez Ward, who was lost for the season with a thigh injury in pregame warmups last month.

If Brown is forced to miss games, it would be at least a temporary hit to the impressive guard depth Texas enjoyed when the season began.

The Longhorns get to add a new one within a few days. Jai Lucas, a transfer from Florida, will be eligible to play Dec. 19 against North Carolina.

"You don't ever have enough players," Barnes said.

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