No. 4 Ok­la­homa falls to Ok­la­homa St. in OT

The Standard Journal - - NATIONAL SPORTS - By Cliff Brunt As­so­ci­ated Press Sports Writer

STILL­WA­TER, Okla. — Trae Young had a sink­ing feel­ing when his fi­nal shot left his hand. The fresh­man point guard scored 48 points, but he missed a deep 3 at the buzzer in over­time as No. 4 Ok­la­homa fell to Ok­la­homa State 83-81 on Satur­day.

“I knew it wasn’t go­ing to go in,” he said. “No, I didn’t feel com­fort­able.”

Young, who leads the na­tion in scor­ing, had 34 points af­ter half­time. He matched the fifth-high­est scor­ing ef­fort in Soon­ers’ his­tory af­ter also miss­ing a 3-point try at the end of reg­u­la­tion.

Young shot 14 for 39, in­clud­ing 8 for 20 on 3-point­ers, and made all 12 of his free throws. ESPN Stats & Info said the 39 shots and 20 3-point at­tempts were both Big 12 records. None of Young’s team­mates scored more than eight points.

“We’ve got to work harder on get­ting more mo­tion away from the ball and get the ball mov­ing a lit­tle bit,” Ok­la­homa coach Lon Kruger said. “Again, ob­vi­ously what Trae is do­ing with the ball is pretty spe­cial, but we need to get a lit­tle bit of move­ment, too.”

Jef­frey Car­roll had 23 points and 13 re­bounds and Ken­dall Smith added 20 points for Ok­la­homa State (13-6, 3-4 Big 12). Smith’s 3 with 8 sec­onds left in reg­u­la­tion tied it at 73.

“It’s a game of runs,” Smith said. “They were play­ing well, but we fought and did what we were ca­pa­ble of. We’re fight­ers, and that’s what it came down to.”

The Cow­boys went on to post their first win over a Top 10 team for first-year coach Mike Boyn­ton.

“Re­ally happy for my kids as they con­tinue to show what they’re about and who they are as peo­ple,” Boyn­ton said. “Guys that keep fight­ing for each other, keep fight­ing for the cul­ture that we’re try­ing to build, keep fight­ing to try to help peo­ple un­der- stand that we’ve got a pretty good bas­ket­ball team. We can com­pete with any­body in the coun­try.”

Ok­la­homa State led by two points late in over­time when Car­roll missed a free throw that gave the Soon­ers a chance with 7.4 sec­onds re­main­ing.

Young strug­gled to get the ball up the court and was forced into a poor shot.

Ok­la­homa (14-4, 4-3) was com­ing off a loss to Kansas State. The Soon­ers had beaten Ok­la­homa State 109-89 in Norman on Jan. 3.

The Cow­boys played a nearly flaw­less first 10 min­utes and bolted out to a 25-6 lead. The Soon­ers slowed the surge with an 8-0 run, but Ok­la­homa State held strong.

Smith’s 3-pointer as time ex­pired in the first half gave the Cow­boys a 42-30 lead. The Cow­boys held Ok­la­homa to 30 per­cent shoot­ing be­fore the break. Young scored 14 points in the first half, but he made just 4 of 15 shots.

“Got to start out the game bet­ter,” Young said. “That’s the one thing. I’m go­ing to get back and watch film. Just be­ing ready to go from the be­gin­ning. That starts with me. I didn’t bring the en­ergy from the be­gin­ning. So just do that and we will get bet­ter.”

Ok­la­homa scored the first seven points of the sec­ond half to force an Ok­la­homa State time­out. A dunk by Brady Manek on an as­sist from Young cut Ok­la­homa State’s lead to 44-41. The Soon­ers tied the game at 53 on a long pass from Young that led to a layup by Kameron McGusty, and a 3-pointer by Young gave the Soon­ers the lead for the first time.

Smith’s 3-pointer at the end of reg­u­la­tion gave the Cow­boys a chance to re­group.

“He is, in a lot of ways, the epit­ome of what our team is,” Boyn­ton said. “We’ve had a lot of tough mo­ments, for what­ever rea­son at dif­fer­ent times, and those kids don’t quit. They don’t give up, they don’t feel sorry for them­selves.”

Sue Ogrocki / AP

Ok­la­homa State’s Jef­frey Car­roll (left) grabs onto a loose ball in front of Ok­la­homa’s Kris­tian Doolit­tle dur­ing over­time of Satur­day’s game in Still­wa­ter, Okla. Ok­la­homa State won 83-81.

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