OU upset, 66-63, by Kansas State

Hield's career day not enough as Sooners lose first Big 12 Conference game of the season

NORMAN – In the end, Saturday was meant to finish the way it did.

Time ticking down in overtime, Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield matched up on Kansas State guard Marcus Foster.

The two best players set to decide the game in the final seconds.

Hield drove Foster to his right and around a screen, where Foster lost control of the ball before scooping it up and knocking down a deep 3-pointer.

Oklahoma’s dominating statement win five days earlier was all but erased with a 66-63 overtime loss at home to Kansas State.

“If he gets a look, he’s going to take the shot,” Hield said. “I thought I contested it really good. When you’re playing against a good player, any shot is a good shot to them. He elevated, and he made a good shot. Nothing you could do about it.”

Hield, who finished with a career-high 31 points in one of the best performance of his Oklahoma career, scored in the lane seconds earlier to tie the game, 63-63.

Oklahoma forward TaShawn Thomas attempted a game-tying 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded, but like point guard Jordan Woodard’s attempt at the end of regulation, which rattled off the rim three times, it did not go down.

“It feels bad just losing,” Hield said of playing such a good game in a losing effort. “We just have to do be getting ready, coming out and attacking people more – getting guys going early. I think it’s a good win for them. We just have to go prepare for the next game.”

No. 16 Oklahoma (11-4, 2-1 Big 12) goes on the road to face West Virginia on Tuesday before a home matchup against Oklahoma State and back-to-back road games against Kansas and Baylor.

The Sooners will have to come out to a much better start than they did against Kansas State (9-7, 2-1), which won on the road for the first time this season and won back-to-back games for only the third time this year.

Despite shooting just 33 percent and allowing Kansas State to shoot 53.6 percent, Oklahoma was down just one point at the halftime. The Sooners had no offensive flow and never really found any for the entire game.

“I just don’t think we were executing like we have been lately,” Oklahoma forward Ryan Spangler said. “Something we work on in practice every day is to go out and execute every play. I don’t think we did that (Saturday).”

TaShawn Thomas scored 14 points, and Spangler finished with nine points and nine rebounds.

Guards Isaiah Cousins and Woodard combined for just four points on 2-for-15 shooting. The Sooners’ two primary ball handlers had six turnovers and two assists.

Hield scored 13 of Oklahoma’s first 15 points and finished with five made 3-pointers. The rest of the team went 0-for-6 from behind the arc.

Still, Oklahoma had a chance late.

Even after holding Kansas State to just two makes in the final 5:40, Oklahoma missed its final three attempts – all 3-pointers – from the field in regulation and its final two free throws.

In overtime, Oklahoma committed two turnovers and attempted half as many shots as Kansas State, which had two offensive rebounds in the extra time.

“They were quicker to loose balls, more physical on the boards,” Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said. “They dictated the majority of the day. That was disappointing. We’ve gotta play better. We’ve gotta play better than that to win in the Big 12.”

Foster played much of the game with foul trouble and had just five points through the first 39:20 of the game.

He snapped a five-minute stretch without a field goal after a basket with 35 seconds to play and then hit a floater to send the game to overtime. His lay-up midway through the extra period erased Oklahoma’s only lead before he knocked down the game-winner with four seconds to play.

Kansas State coach Bruce Weber didn’t consider calling a timeout on the final possession of overtime. He was willing to let his best player decide the game.

“Marcus being in it and Marcus took advantage of it,” Weber said. “ . . . The huge three at the end was big time.”


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