03 Feb

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Coleman’s career-high 22 lift Texas men’s basketball past No. 12 Oklahoma, 79-74

Freshman guard Matt Coleman scored a career-high 22 points, and added two assists and two steals to lift the Texas men's basketball to a 79-74 win over No. 12 Oklahoma (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

By Steve Habel/Senior Editor

AUSTIN, Texas — In a game that featured two of the nation’s most ballyhooed freshman players, in Oklahoma’s Trae Young and Texas’ Mohamed Bamba, it might have been easy for another first-year hoopster to get lost in the crowd.

But it was first-year UT guard Matt Coleman who made the biggest plays Saturday and led the Longhorns to a scintillating 79-74 win over the 12th-ranked Sooners in Big 12 Conference play at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas.

It would have been easy for Coleman to shy away from the spotlight in this game, especially after he missed three free throws near the end of regulation in

 

 

Steve Habel is a senior contributing writer for Horns Illustrated. He has covered Texas sports since 1989 and was this magazine’s senior editor for 24 years. You can follow him on twitter @stevehabel .