On a night when Oklahoma was looking to feast from its point production as the highest scoring team in the Big 12 conference, the Sooners found only famine in the team’s scoring performances against a suffocating Kansas State defense. No. 25 OU (13-4, 2-2 Big 12) finished its last six minutes without a field goal en route to a 72-66 loss to KSU on Tuesday night in Manhattan, Kan.
Although Ryan Spangler earned a double-double in the loss--finishing with 21 points and 14 boards--the Sooners had several scoring droughts in this game.
League leading scorer Cameron Clark had zero points in the first half and finished the game with just 1-of-9 in his shot attempts, a far cry from his 18 point per game average. Buddy Hield, who started the game off hot, couldn’t get anything to fall in the second half, finishing with just 12 points.
For a game that started out relatively slow from the tip, both teams were able to settle into prospective shooting grooves from behind the arc that made it hard for either team to distance themselves during the half.
Both teams combined for 13 3-pointers; that included a 14-5 Wildcat run midway through the first half that gave KSU an early six-point lead. OU came back to even the score at 33-all with a 3-pointer by Frank Booker with just four minutes before intermission.
Coming out of the break, OU looked like a team that was brewing a road victory during second half action when KSU's offense started to simmer, coupled by Spangler draining two free throws to give the Sooners a six point lead with under six minutes left in the game.
But the Sooners just couldn’t get into a scoring rhythm when it counted the most. After knotting up the game 63-all, KSU’s Marcus Foster drained a 3-pointer, giving the Wildcats their final lead of the game.
Next up, OU faces Baylor on Jan. 18 in Waco.