Evans followed up his 42-point effort against Oklahoma with 12 points, eight rebounds and seven assists but it wasn’t enough as the Cowboys fell to Texas 74-69 in Austin.
Leyton Hammonds led the Cowboys with 18 points. Evans cut the margin to three with 14 seconds left but the Longhorns held on for the home win.
“They played a good game,” Ford said. “They jumped on us in the first half and went out up 15 at halftime. I just don’t think that our team played with much emotion. We were kind of just trying to tread water in the first half. We never made a run. We never had anything positive happen in the first half for us, nothing to get us going, because we weren’t. We weren’t firing on all cylinders by any stretch, for whatever reason.
“Second half, for the last ten or twelve minutes of the game, we decide to wake up a little bit, compete, have a little passion and a sense of urgency, and made it a basketball game. I have to give Texas credit, they played well from the get go.”
Hammonds said the team want to be consistently intense in game, not just at the end.
“We have focused on it in practice,” Hammonds said. “We have a high start early in practice hoping that a high start would show up in games. We just have to play like we are down 30 from tip off when the clock says 00:00. You just play like you are already down and hopefully that will help us come out to a quicker start.”
The loss to the Longhorns ends OSU’s two game win streak over Texas. The Cowboys took both of last year’s meetings with the Longhorns, and had won six of the last seven overall. Texas owns a slight 47-41 edge in the overall series, including a 28-13 margin in Austin.