OK Corralled: Shooting woes cost Sooners again

Oklahoma forward Johnnie Gilbert watches as Oklahoma State guard Tony Allen puts up a shot during the Cowboys' 65-52 win over the Sooners Monday night in Norman. Oklahoma shot a woeful 20 percent from the field in the second half. (AP Photo/Jerry Laizure)

NORMAN, Okla. — Oklahoma State's shots went in, Oklahoma's didn't.

That's about the best way to describe round two of Bedlam, as the red-hot Cowboys pushed their winning streak to 10 games with an impressive 65-52 win over the Sooners Monday night in Norman.

Overall, Oklahoma State shot a blistering 55 percent from the field (26-of-47), while the Sooners were a horrendous 6-for-30 from the field in the second half.

"We weren't tough enough defensively in the second half," said OU Head Coach Kelvin Sampson, whose Sooners' .309 shooting percentage was their lowest at the Lloyd Noble Center since December of 1999 against Cincinnati. "Ivan McFarlin got too many second-chance points. That's a toughness issue right there. My hat's off to Oklahoma State. They played a great game."

"The second half we played much better. It was a good win," said OSU head Coach Eddie Sutton. "You do not sweep these guys too often. I think we have done it three times in the time I have been here."

After trailing 27-26 at halftime, Oklahoma State roared out of the locker room to begin the second half with a 9-2 run (started by a John Lucas three) that would give them the lead for good.

"The first four minutes of the second half were crucial," Sampson said. "We had some shots that were great shots, but didn't go in. We had a lot of good looks. You have to make shots."

Trailing 40-31 with 14:54 to go, the Sooners would make one more run to cut the lead to 44-40, but another Lucas 3-pointer from the top of the key and two Ivan McFarlin layups ignited a 9-0 run that put Oklahoma away for good.

"In the first half I got it going a little bit and in the second half I just wanted to come out hard," said Lucas, who hit three crucial 3-pointers to end OU spurts. "I did not want to let my teammates down. My shots were just falling at the right time and I knew we needed a spark and I think I provided that. This was a great team effort all the way around."

McFarlin led Oklahoma State with a game-high 21 points while Lucas chipped in 18.

The first half was a seesaw battle until the Sooners' 8-2 run midway through the first half gave them a 23-17 lead with 4:56 to play. But every time Oklahoma made a run, it seemed like Lucas was there to answer it. Lucas responded to the Sooners' run by scoring six consecutive points in a 9-2 run that gave the Cowboys a 26-25 lead with 59 seconds left in the half. Jason Detrick quickly answered with a jumper to put the Sooners up 27-26 at halftime, but that would be the last time teh Sooners would lead.

"We just played bad tonight," said senior center Jabahri Brown, who led the Sooners with 16 points. "Our shots were not falling and our defense was very poor. We never could get a stop when we needed it. They played great defense and that led to our offensive troubles."

With the loss the Sooners fall to 6-5 in Big 12 play and 16-6 overall. OSU improves to 20-2 overall and 10-1 in conference play.

"Oklahoma State is a great team. We just need to get better," said sophomore guard De'Angelo Alexander, who came off the bench to score 11 points. "Our shots were not falling and we needed to play better defense. We let them get a lot of easy baskets that they shouldn't have had. They played great team defense and shot the ball well. That was the difference in the game."

The Sooners will return to the Lloyd Noble Center this Saturday for round two of the Red River Shootout against Texas. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m.

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