Amath M’Baye and Romero Osby scored 12 points apiece but the Sooners come up short losing to Kansas State 69-60 in Manhattan. With the loss, Oklahoma falls to 12-4 and 3-1 in the Big Conference.
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"It was a tough ball game,” said Oklahoma Coach Lon Kruger. “I thought we got off to a good start, and Kansas State made a nice run there. They made some three's late in the first half to play well. We tried to battle to get back into the second half, but we could not quite do that. We did not take very good care of the ball, and that is entirely because the Kansas State defense was outstanding. They did a terrific job and dictated.
“We have not had that much trouble holding the ball on the season and you have to credit Kansas State for that. I like their team. They are big and tough. They played great and unselfishly. I think our guys came in here and expected good things, and they came out realizing that we have to do things better to play at that level. So, we will do that. We will go back home, get to work and see if we cannot get better."
OU outshot the Wildcats .472 to .440 and made three more field goals (25 to 22). However, the Sooners were outscored by 21 points from 3-point range. K-State was 10-for-24 from long distance while OU was 3-for-11.
Freshman Buddy Hield led the Sooners with 10 rebounds while Steven Pledger added 10 points. Pledger ran his streak of double-digit scoring games to nine with his 10-point effort. He was 3-for-6 from the field and 2-for-4 from long range. His six field goal attempts were his fewest in seven games.
"Like coach said, they were doing a good job of really making us extend our offense,” said OU’s Romero Osby. “They were pressuring us. They were doing a good job of not really fouling. That is what we did try to be physical, but they kept their hands back. When we did get to the free throw line, especially myself, I am a better free throw shooter than I showed tonight. I did not shoot them well. They just did a good job all around."
The Sooners had shot at least .714 from the free throw line in each of the last nine games, but went just 7-for-15 (.467) at the stripe today. OU shot .845 from the foul line during its five-game winning streak.
The Sooners host Texas Monday night at 8:30 in ball game that will be part of ESPN’s Big Monday.