AUSTIN, Texas – Eventually one of these is going to go Oklahoma’s way is all basketball coach Lon Kruger can think right now.
The Sooners blew a five-point lead in the final minute to lose 84-83 against host Texas on Monday evening.
It felt like déjà vu and not the good kind. OU was unable to hold onto a six-point lead in the first overtime of a double overtime loss to Iowa State on Saturday.
But what happened Monday might sting worse. Led by freshmen Kristian Doolittle and Kameron McGusty, the Sooners erased an 11-point second half deficit.
With an 83-78 lead, though, OU lost track of Texas’ Eric Davis as he nailed his fifth 3-pointer of the game to make it 83-81. McGusty, an 83 percent free throw shooter, missed both of his free throws to set the stage for Andrew Jones to make a moment.
Doolittle did a great job of closing out on Jones, but it was a rainbow arc three that found the bottom of the net with 1.8 seconds left.
OU’s inbounds pass was deflected and time ran out as the Sooners fall to 8-11 overall and 2-6 now in Big 12 play.
Doolittle was sensational for the second game in a row. The freshman set a career high with 29 points and added 10 rebounds to give him double-doubles in back-to-back game.
Doolittle’s 29 points is the most by a freshman in the Lon Kruger era. He wasn’t the lone freshman to stand out for OU.
Although he missed those two free throws, McGusty set his own career high with 21 points.
OU continued to have problems taking care of the ball and with movement on offense. The Sooners finished with just three assists for the entire game, contrast that to 12 turnovers.
OU is back at Lloyd Noble Center on Saturday and leaves the Big 12 for a weekend. The Big 12/SEC Challenge is this weekend with No. 25 Florida coming to Norman.