BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Oklahoma won't want to talk moral victory, but the Sooners have every reason to have their head held high.
OU gave the No. 1-ranked Michigan State Spartans all they could handle before losing 87-76 in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic championship Saturday night at the Barclays Center.
OU's Cameron Clark set the tone early, making his first seven shots en route to a game-high and career-high 32 points, while also adding a team-high seven rebounds.
The Sooners (4-1) actually jumped out to a 22-11 lead against the Spartans, but MSU (6-0) finished half on a 34-9 run to take a 14 point lead into halftime.
OU cut the deficit to four points on two separate occasions, the latest being at 75-71 but could not get any closer.
OU returns to Lloyd Noble Center at 2 p.m. Friday against Arkansas-Little Rock.