OU unable to withstand No. 1 KU run, 73-63

The Sooners gave a good fight before a second-half run by No. 1-ranked KU was difference in 73-63 setback.

It’s just how quickly things can change. On the road, playing against a more experienced, more talented team, it’s just how fast it can switch.

A sign of what OU can be and a sign of how far it still has to come in a 73-63 loss to No. 1-ranked Kansas at The Phog on Monday evening.

Freshman Kameron McGusty drained a 3-pointer to give OU a 54-42 lead, it’s largest of the evening. The Jayhawks responded by ending the game on a 31-9 run to make sure senior night was a successful one.

It was a combination of red-hot shooting by KU, and OU falling apart. The Sooners had a shot clock violation, a five-second violation and were out of timeouts with more than six minutes left in trying to stop the run from the Jayhawks.

Kansas hit 10 consecutive shots at one point in the second half and showed why it’s still the top dog in the Big 12.

McGusty led all OU scorers with 14 points but took 17 shots to get there. He also added four steals as OU’s defense was able to disrupt KU’s rhythm for the first 30 minutes of the game. The Jayhawks finished with 19 turnovers.

Junior Khadeem Lattin scored 12 points and had two blocks. It was another effective performance for Lattin until he was sidelined with his third foul less than a minute into the second half.

Freshman Kristian Doolittle added 12 points and five rebounds.

OU falls to 10-19 overall and 4-13 in the Big 12. Senior day is 2 p.m. Saturday vs. TCU where OU will also honor coach Lon Kruger on earning win No. 600 in his career over the weekend.

OU and Kansas were more than just conference foes this year as the Sooners and Jayhawks were embroiled in a hotly contested battle for Norman (Okla.) North point guard Trae Young.

The five-star prospect picked the Sooners less than two weeks ago. It didn’t turn out well for OU at The Phog, but Young let the world know help is coming to Norman.

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