McClellan's 24 leads Texas over Oklahoma 72-64Texas guard Myck Kabongo, right, goes to the basket against Oklahoma forward Romero Osby, left, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Thomas)
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Freshman Sheldon McClellan scored a career-high 24 points and Texas rallied to a 72-64 win over Oklahoma on Wednesday night, avoiding what could have been a devastating blow to the Longhorns' NCAA tournament hopes.
McClellan's 3-pointer gave Texas (19-11, 9-8) its first lead, 59-58, with about six minutes left. He had a dunk in an 8-0 Texas burst in the final three minutes that opened a comfortable lead.
The win guarantees Texas will finish at least .500 in the Big 12, a critical mark for a team hoping to make its 14th consecutive tournament appearance. Texas closes the regular season Saturday at No. 3 Kansas.
Texas has won six in a row over Oklahoma (14-14, 4-13) and 13 of the last 15 meetings.
Romero Osby led Oklahoma with 14 points.