ORLANDO, Fla. – Oklahoma freshman Kristian Doolittle hit the shot of the season for the Sooners on Friday night. But as it turns out, it was in a losing effort.
Doolittle hit a game-tying 3-pointer in the final seconds to force overtime, but Northern Iowa was able to regroup for a 73-67 victory in the semifinals of the TirePros Invitational.
Nobody thought OU would have needed to force overtime after watching the first 30 minutes of play. The Sooners were ahead 49-33 with 11:26 left in the second half and didn’t make a field goal again until Doolittle’s long-range bucket.
You knew there might be games like this where OU doesn’t have the security blankets of Buddy Hield and Isaiah Cousins from previous years to bail the Sooners out.
UNI fought back and was too much in overtime as OU didn’t have enough firepower after Christian James had fouled out in regulation.
The loss is the first one for OU this season and puts the Sooners in the third-place game against Clemson on Sunday afternoon.
Jordan Woodard and Doolittle each had 13 points, but Woodard was a mere 3-of-16 shooting after a stellar outing Thursday.
James and Khadeem Lattin added 11 points apiece, but OU only managed 10 bench points and committed 24 turnovers.