Coming down the stretch the Oklahoma Sooners found themselves down three points with the ball. Hoping to put the game into overtime, Jordan Woodard stepped back and fired a three ball that clanked off the rim. Low and behold, Cameron Clark came up with the rebound and dribbled toward the bench. Finding his footing behind the arc, Clark turned and fired a shot that hit nothing but net as the fans went crazy. They came for 40-minutes but were treated to overtime.
With two players fouled out, the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs looked to have a small chance of pulling this out and quickly found themselves in a four point deficit. As Ryan Spangler fouled out, a momentum swing occurred and Alex Hamilton took over. After scoring 21 points in regulation, Hamilton poured in another 10 in overtime for a game high 31 points as La Tech stole one from the Sooners, 102-98.
It's always seemingly more difficult to find the good in a heartbreak loss such as the one tonight. However, I will attempt to do so. The Sooners continue to jump out to quick starts leaving their opponent in the dust. Often times, this move cripples the confidence of the opposition...
Unfortunately, the other side of the aforementioned equation has Oklahoma letting off the gas pedal as their opponent strings together a run. In tonight's scenario, OU let a double-digit lead slip behind a 2-16 run as their opponent evened the score before halftime.
For the second time this season, the Sooners lost the battle on the boards 43-42. While it is a slim margin, it is a negative margin nonetheless. The first time this squad lost the rebounding battle, they subsequently lost the game as well...to Michigan St.
Oklahoma Sooners: Cameron Clark led the Sooners with 26 points after a slow start. But, the real star was Ryan Spangler who poured in 20 points to go along with 13 rebounds. OU had four others score in double-digits including all five starters and Frank Booker who had 12 off the bench.
La Tech Bulldogs: Alex Smith scored a game high 31 points as he led his team to victory. Behind him, Raheem Appleby added another 22 points while Cordarius Johnson gave the Bulldogs a boost with 17 of the bench.
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