OU rally falls short

OU spotted Washington a 20-point lead in the first 15 minutes and couldn't quite make the complete comeback in Las Vegas.

LAS VEGAS – It bounced and bounced until it fell off and Oklahoma’s valiant rally fell just short against undefeated Washington in a 69-67 loss on Saturday night in Las Vegas.

OU was trailing 68-67 with 16.4 seconds left when Woodard attempted the potential game-winner. It bounced on the rim three times before Washington grabbed the rebound and secured the victory with 0.6 seconds remaining.

For the Sooners to have even been in that position after the first 15 minutes seemed pretty improbable. The Huskies (10-0) were rolling and led 37-17 before the Sooners made their charge.

OU, however, never led in the second half as the Sooners have fallen to 7-3 overall.

The guards led the way for the Sooners as both Isaiah Cousins and Buddy Hield each scored 17 points. Senior forward TaShawn Thomas and forward Ryan Spangler added 11 points apiece.

Spangler grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds to collect his fourth double-double of the season and his second in a row.

OU played without sophomore guard Frank Booker, who stayed back in Norman because of injury. And Washington used its depth to its advantage. The Huskies outscored the Sooners 24-2 in bench points, and every single OU starter played at least 33 minutes.

The Sooners won’t have a long time to dwell on what could have been as OU returns to Lloyd Noble Center on Monday night against Weber State.

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