The Norman Transcript

January 14, 2014

Sooners fall to K-State

Poor shooting dooms Sooners on the road.

By John Shinn
The Norman Transcript

MANHATTAN, Kan. — Oklahoma sailed into Kansas State at 13-3 because of its ability to score points.Tuesday night, the ship had too many holes to plug during a 72-66 loss to the Wildcats at Bramlage Coliseum.

The loss dropped the 25th-ranked Sooners to 13-4 and 2-2 in the Big 12 Conference. Kansas State improved to 13-4 and 3-1.

The game was about which team was going to impose their will on the other. With five minutes remaining, OU was winning that battle. Forward Ryan Spangler piled up 21 points and 14 rebounds. It looked like it might be enough for OU to overcome awful shooting performance. It connected on just 22 of 66 attempts and shot 7 for 23 from 3-point range. Leading scorer Cameron Clark scored just two points — 16 less than his average.

But OU still lead with 3:42 to go. The lack of offensive production finally caught up to them in the final minutes. They missed seven of their last eight shots. The streak finally ended with Spangler’s put-back dunk with five second left.

The Wildcats were in command by then. Marcus Foster scored 18 points and Shane Southwell added 16. Their 3-point shooting was too much for OU to handle. Foster was 4 of 8 from beyond the arc and Southwell it 2 of 3.