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Sophomores carry men’s basketball past Oklahoma State, 82-79

Sophomore swingman Tevin Mack scored a career-high 27 points Wednesday to help left the University of Texas men's basketball team to an 82-79 victory over Oklahoma State at the Frank Erwin Center (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

By Steve Habel/Senior Editor

AUSTIN, Texas — When the University of Texas men's basketball team needed a big basket or two (or three) in the middle of the second half Wednesday against Oklahoma State when the game was close, the ball went time and time again to sophomore swingman Tevin Mack.

But in the final minutes, with the Cowboys making a final surge to get back in the contest, Texas coach Shaka Smart demanded that sophomore guard Eric Davis, Jr. — a player who has struggled with his shooting almost all season — had the ball in his hands.

Somehow that strategy worked, as Mack scored a career-high 27 points and Davis, Jr. hit for 16 — 14 in the second half — as Texas

 

The Habe is Steve Habel, Horns Illustrated’s senior editor. He was the magazine’s first staff member, in 1994, and has covered Texas sports ever since. You can follow him on twitter @stevehabel .