Oklahoma went on an 18-3 run in the second half to take control and go on to a 64-49 win over Oklahoma State in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Men’s Basketball Tournament at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri, on Thursday night.
The Sooners sputtered in the first half, shooting just 23 percent and trailing at halftime 26-21.
OU went on a 12-0 run early in the second half to take the lead, then after OSU tied the game at 43, the Sooners late run finished off the Cowboys.
Oklahoma was led by Buddy Hield, who scored 16 of his 22 points in the second half.
TaShawn Thomas played well, with a double-double, 17 points and 10 rebounds.
Jordan Woodard and Isaiah Cousins were both in double figures, with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Oklahoma shot 50 percent from the field in the second half.
OSU was led by Le’Bryan Nash, who scored more than half the Cowboys’ points, with 27 points and 12 rebounds.
Jeff Newberry was the only other Cowboy in double figure scoring with 10 points.
Phil Forte was held to three points, on 1-for-10 shooting, and missed all seven three-point attempts.
In three Bedlam games this year, Forte was 1-for-15 from three-point range against the Sooners.
Oklahoma’s win advances them to the semifinals to play Iowa State at about 8:20 on Friday night in Kansas City.
The Sooners won their fifth straight over the Cowboys, and seven of the last eight games.
It was OU’s first Big 12 Tournament win in four tries against OSU.
Oklahoma won three games against OSU in the same season for the first time since 1984-85.
The Sooners improved to 22-9 on the season, while the Cowboys dropped to 18-13, and now await to see if they make the NCAA Tournament when the field is announced on Sunday evening.