Norman, Okla. — Too little, too late. That seems to be the unfolding theme of Oklahoma's struggling season.
The Sooners once again roared back after a slow start, but it wasn't good enough to knock off No. 3 Kansas in a 67-65 loss on Senior Night Monday at the Lloyd Noble Center.
It was the seventh-win in a row for a surging Kansas (26-4, 13-2) team who came into the game tied for first place in the Big 12 standings, and the fifth-straight loss for Oklahoma (15-13, 6-9).
The Sooners trailed by as many as 17 points in the first half and 33-19 at halftime, but they scored the first five points of the second half and eventually tied the game at 51-51 on a Mike Neal 3-pointer with 6:10 to play.
Kansas then connected on three consecutive free throws to push the lead to 54-51 at the 5:09 mark. Bobby Maze responded with a driving layup to cut the lead to 54-53 with 4:19 to go, but that would be as close as the Sooners would get as they missed their next five shots while the Jayhawks slowly pulled away and then hit seven free throws over the final 1:05 of the game.
Oklahoma outscored the Jayhawks 46-34 in the second half, but it was their slow first-half start that will no doubt keep them awake at night this week. In all, OU shot just 24.1 percent from the field (7-for-29) and 1-for-11 from the 3-point line in the first 20 minutes.
Leading the way for Oklahoma was senior Nate Carter, who finsished with 20 points and nine rebounds. Sophomore Taylor Griffin added 12 points and seven rebounds, while Mike Neal finished with nine points in his final home game. Seniors Kellen Sampson and Chris Walker started, but did not score.
Oklahoma will wrap-up regular season play Saturday at Kansas State. Tip-off is set for 2:30 p.m.
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MBB Final: Kansas 67 Oklahoma 65
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