Rocky Mountain Low

Oklahoma's Jason Detrick drives around Colorado's Glean Eddy during the first half of the Sooners' 94-87 loss to the Buffaloes Wednesday night in Boulder. Detrick led the Sooners with a career-high 35 points. With the loss the Sooners fall to 6-7 in Big 12 play and 16-8 overall. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

Jason Detrick's high wasn't enough to bring the Sooners out of their rocky mountain low.

Oklahoma's senior from Newport News, Va. scored a career-high 35 points and helped the Sooners (16-8, 6-7) climb back from a 17-point second half deficit to force overtime, but it wasn't enough as the Buffaloes (16-8, 8-5) scored the first five points in the extra session and held on for a 94-87 win Wednesday night in Boulder.

"We're proud of our effort," said a distraught Kelvin Sampson on his postgame radio show. "Month's ago I'm not sure we knew how to do that with these freshmen."

Oklahoma jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead behind the early shooting of Detrick, who scored 12 of the Sooners' first 17 points, and extended the lead to 33-26 after a Lawrence McKenzie 3-pointer with 4:29 to go in the first half. But after McKenzie's three, the Sooners found themselves in another scoring slump and the Buffaloes took advantage with a 15-3 run to close the half.

Colorado picked up where the they left off at the beginning of the second half with a 7-0 run to push the lead to 48-36 until the Sooners finally scored on a Jaison Williams three with 15:45 to go. The Buffaloes would later extend the lead to 60-43 with 9:48 to go, but the Sooners would not go down without a fight.

Larry Turner's tip-in with 5:19 left ignited a 18-8 run over the next four minutes and 33 seconds that would bring the Sooners to within one point 46 seconds to go.

It was then that Detrick stripped the ball near midcourt and was fouled while driving to the basket by Michel Morandais with 28 seconds to play. Detrick calmly stepped up to the line and sank both free throws to give the Sooners a 75-74 lead, but Colorado quickly beat OU's fullcourt press and a David Harrison's layup gave the 'Buffs the lead just seven seconds later.

The Sooners went back to the man of the hour and Detrick responded again, this time with a floater in the middle of the lane that hit nothing but net and put OU up 77-76 with nine seconds to go.

Colorado raced the ball up the floor again and guard Jason Obazuaye was fouled while shooting on the baseline with two seconds left. Obazuaye made the first of his two free throw attempts to force overtime, and the rest is history.

"You know, two seconds to go in the game — let the players decide the game," said Sampson. "If he was fouled, then call it, but make sure it is. If they (Big 12 Conference) want to fine me, if they want to suspend me — fine, but that was a terrible, terrible situation. We thought we were going to win this game until that whistle. It took the wind out of us. It is always tough when the game is in your hands. It's frustrating and disappointing."

But not to be overshadowed by the call at the end of regulation and overtime disappointment was Detrick's performance.

"Unbelievable," said Sampson on Detrick's career night. "He is one senior who play with a big heart. He has his ups and downs, but he is a very capable player. He led us tonight. You don't need to say anything to be a leader."

Next up for the Sooners is their final conference road game of the season Sunday at Kansas. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m.

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