Slumping Sooners fall to 0-2 in conference play

Paulding leads Tigers's ovetime surge as Missouri knocked off No. 13 Oklahoma, 79-75, Saturday in Norman. Pictured left: Missouri forward Linas Kleiza defends as Oklahoma center Jabahri Brown in the first half. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

NORMAN, Okla. – After two straight blowout losses on the road to Connecticut and Oklahoma State, returning home to the Lloyd Noble Center was supposed to be sweet for the Sooners. It wasn't.

Oklahoma (10-3, 0-2) blew a 12-point point second half lead and Drew Lavender missed a potential game-winning shot at the end of regulation as the Sooners eventually fell short in overtime, 79-75, against Missouri (7-6, 2-1) Saturday in Norman.

With the loss, the Sooners fall to 0-2 in Big 12 play for the first time since 1999.

"There were two things that hurt us tonight, second shots and turnovers," OU Head Coach Kelvin Sampson, whose Sooners turned the ball over 19 times and were outrebounded 35-24. "We let Missouri attack the boards tonight and that's something we can't let happen. We had way too many turnovers. You can't win a ballgame having that many turnovers."

"We know how difficult it is to come down to Norman and win," said Missouri Head Coach Quin Snyder. "Oklahoma shot the ball really well making this a really tough game. I was very pleased at the way our team handled adversity when down by 12 and was able to come back to get the win."

Oklahoma led 26-24 at halftime, but a 14-4 run sparked by back-to-back three's by freshman Lawrence McKenzie gave the Sooners their largest lead at 40-28 with 16:08 to go in the game.

But Missouri wouldn't go away and they battled back to take a 50-49 lead on a Travon Bryant three-pointer with 6:24 to go. The Tigers extended the lead to 56-54 with 1:47 left, but Jabahri Brown's jump shot quickly tied the game 36 seconds later, and Kevin Bookout's tip-in gave the Sooners a 58-56 lead with 52 seconds left.

Jason Detrick then fouled Missouri forward Linas Kleiza while attempting a three-point shot, and the freshman from Lithuania made two of the three attempts to tie the game at 58-58.

Oklahoma then walked the ball up the court and called timeout with nine seconds left. Lavender took the in-bounds pass, penetrated and his jump shot just inside the three-point line missed as time expired in regulation.

Missouri won the opening tip in overtime and virtually put the game away with a 7-0 run to start the extra session. The Sooners fought back and eventually cut the lead to three, but the Tigers answered by hitting 12-of-14 free throw attempts to hold off OU's late charge.

Lawrence McKenzie, who was mysteriously sitting on the bench for the last 10 minutes of the game, led four Sooners to score in double figures with 16 points. Jabahri Brown pitched in 15 while Lavender scored 12 and Jaison Williams came off the bench with 11. Senior guard Rickey Paulding led the Tigers with 23 points, while Arthur Johnson added 16 points and 13 rebounds.

"We shouldn't be disappointed in how hard we played," said Sampson. "We're disappointed with our loss but I thought our kids gave great effort tonight."

"We came out and fought and played hard," said Sophomore Kevin Bookout, who finished with nine points and two rebounds. "The last two games we did not come out and compete to give ourselves a chance to win the ballgames. We need to work hard the next couple of practices because we have Texas Tech Monday, and there are many things we need to improve on before then."

Tip-off for Monday's showdown with the Red Raiders in Lubbock is set for 8 p.m.

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