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OU goes down vs. Auburn, 74-70

OU's awful start too much to overcome in a 74-70 defeat against Auburn.

Knew it would be rough for Oklahoma as it was playing its first game in four seasons without guard Jordan Woodard but a rough start took away any chance for the Sooners.

It took way too long for OU to find its rhythm in a 74-70 loss to Auburn on Wednesday evening in Uncasville, Conn.

The Sooners shot a dismal 24 percent from the floor in the first half and were less than 32 percent for the contest. Woodard was out after injuring his hamstring Tuesday during practice.

Auburn took a 17-point lead in the second half only to see OU cut the margin down to three on a couple of occasions but never any closer.

With Woodard out, it meant Christian James was back in the starting lineup with Jordan Shepherd. James could not get his perimeter shot going. James was only 3-of-13 from the floor and finished with 10 points.

Shepherd led the way with 13 points, while Rashard Odomes pitched in with 12 points.

OU (6-5) has now dropped three games in a row and has no more tune-ups in out of conference play. The Sooners begin Big 12 action next Friday at home against Baylor. All three losses have been by five points or less, but OU is going to have to learn how to win those games vs. quality Big 12 foes.

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