Oklahoma Sooners

Red River Rivalry | Recapping The Final Second Of Oklahoma’s 69-67 Win Over Texas

Rich DeCray


Hosting the Red River Rivalry in Norman, the Oklahoma Sooners hoped to avoid the season sweep after dropping the first meeting between the two teams. On the other side of the court, the Texas Longhorns looked to continue their winning ways after claiming 19 of the previous 28 pairings. Knowing only one program could claim victory, the game was decided in the final seconds of regulation.

With 1:50 remaining in the contest, Kristian Doolittle knocked down a jumper securing a slim 69-64 margin. Retreating toward the defensive side of the court, OU settled in trying to deny the three point attempt. Unfortunately, Jase Febres found a bit of space while elevating beyond the arc. Hitting the bottom of the net, the freshman pulled the Longhorns within striking distance 69-67.

As the Sooners moved to increase the lead, Christian James turned the ball over with 40 seconds remaining as Texas witnessed the door of opportunity swing wide open. Once again finding Febres, the shooting guard decided to test his hand in the biggest moment. Releasing the shot, the ball missed the target forcing Royce Hamm to foul Oklahoma.

Stepping up to the charity stripe, Doolittle failed to connect giving the visiting team one final shot to claim victory or send the contest into overtime. Grabbing the defensive rebound and moving up the court, Matt Coleman found himself with the ball and two second on the game clock. Firing away, the following play pushed one Sooner toward hero status…

Timing the shot of Coleman perfectly, freshman Joel Bieniemy left the floor. Extending an arm toward the sky, the guard connected with the ball sending it off course. In a single moment, the youngster sealed the fate of both teams as Oklahoma claimed a 69-67 edge and the second consecutive conference win.

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