After using a 27-8 run to close the first half and take a 35-27 lead to the locker room, Oklahoma falls to Oklahoma State in overtime losing to the Cowboys 84-79.
"It's a tough loss, sure, but a really good basketball game,” said Oklahoma Coach Lon Kruger. “I thought guys on both teams played their hearts out. It was a big-time battle from start to finish. Guys on both teams made a lot of big-time plays. Defense was having a tough time getting stops. I'm proud of our guys. Disappointed in not finishing it, but we got beat by a really good Oklahoma State ball club. We'll grow from this. We've got to keep making progress. There's a lot of the season left, and we'll keep getting better. I'm proud of our guys. They'll bounce back from this."
Romero Osby, Steven Pledger and Sam Grooms led Oklahoma with 18 points apiece while Osboy completed the double-double with 15 rebounds. OSU’s Marcus Smart led all scorers with 28 points.
"There was one play where I drove down the baseline and made a bucket, and that kind of got me going a little bit,” said Osby. “In the first half, I was really just focused on defensive rebounding. I took some tough shots and didn't make them, but I kind of got into a groove in the second half. There were a couple of nice rebounds and passes that got me started."
OU senior Sam Grooms came off the bench to score a career-high 18 points on 9-for-11 field goal shooting and handed out four assists in a season-high 35 minutes. His previous scoring high this season was seven points on two occasions.
"Sam played great. I thought he battled it all day long and was a big reason we were in good position late,” said Kruger. “He was attacking, he handled the pressure very well in the backcourt, and he played great. He'll remember the couple turnovers there late. His significance in the game was terrific, he played great, and we wouldn't have been in that position if he hadn't played how he did."
"It hurts to come out of here without the win,” said Grooms. “At the same time though, we learned a lot of things as a team that can help us grow in the future. That's what we're looking forward to. We have to go forward into the next game and through the rest of the season. We'll work hard for next week."
Freshman Je'lon Hornbeak started in place of injured Buddy Hield and registered 10 points with the help of a career-high-tying three 3-pointers on six attempts. He played 31 minutes and did not commit a turnover.
OU made two more field goals than OSU but was outscored by nine at the free throw line. OSU was 24-for-33 at the stripe (.727) while the Sooners were 15-for-21 (.714).
With the loss the Sooners fall to 16-8 and 7-5 in Big 12 play.
The Sooners play again on Wednesday at Texas Tech. The game will tip at 6 p.m. and be televised by ESPNU.
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