Behind 25 second half points from Jordan Box, Texas overcame a 14-point halftime deficit to defeat Oklahoma 116-112 in the 49th annual Faith 7 Bowl Saturday.

Red River rally

Texas comes back for OT win in Faith 7 game

By Richard Stroud

Behind 25 second half points from Frisco Heritage guard Jordan Box, Texas rallied from a 14-point halftime deficit for a 116-112 overtime win over Oklahoma in the 49th annual Faith 7 Bowl at Oklahoma Baptist’s Noble Complex Saturday night.

Oklahoma, behind a combined 21 second quarter points from Brett Cannon of Del City and Kevin Simms of Tulsa Washington, broke what had been a 21-all tie at the end of the first quarter, pacing the Oklahoma squad to a 58-44 halftime lead.

But Box scored 12 points in the third quarter as Texas rallied to within four before Oklahoma took a 75-70 into the fourth.

Box, who will play for Oklahoma Christian next season, dropped in 11 more in the fourth quarter, and Cameron Martin added 7 more as Texas eventually took the lead.

Putnam City West’s Omega Harris III and Simms helped rally Oklahoma with 14 fourth quarter points, leading a 6-0 run that gave Oklahoma a 100-98 lead with 1:37 left.

The game eventually went into overtime tied at 102. University of Oklahoma signee Jamuni McNeace of Allen High School helped Texas control the boards with seven rebounds in the overtime, finishing with a game-high 15 rebounds to go along with 9 points and 4 blocks. McNease put a cap on the Texas win by corralling a long rebound and throwing down a two-handed dunk that put Texas up five with 38 seconds left in the game.

Texas finished the game with 9 blocks, most of those in the second half, as they held the Oklahoma offense somewhat in check in the second half.

“In the first half we played together”, Oklahoma head coach Scott Raper of Yukon said. “In the third quarter was nothing but individuals trying to get theirs. I think the kids felt like, ‘Ok, we got this, and now it’s my turn to get mine’ and that’s what cost them the game.”

Simms led Oklahoma with 27 points and was named the team MVP. Harris finished with 21 while Cannon had 18. Oklahoma State signee Mitchell Solomon of Bixby finished with 7 points and a team-high 12 rebounds before fouling out in the fourth quarter, leading Oklahoma to a 66-52 advantage on the boards.

Oklahoma was 9-33 from behind the three-point line, but only three of those makes came in the second half.

Martin added 24 points for Texas, while Landon Goesling had 15 and Trey Patterson and Zach Smith scored 12 apiece.

Smith also won the dunk contest at halftime.

Box added six rebounds to his 29 points, winning MVP honors for the Texas squad.

The win continues a trend of the two teams alternating victories. Since a four-game Oklahoma win streak was snapped in 2010, the two teams have traded wins over the past five years.

This was the first time both teams went over 100 points since 2008 and the fifth overtime game in the series’ history.