The Norman Transcript

Local Sports

December 31, 2013

Bulldogs clip Sooners in overtime

NORMAN — Oklahoma had designs of heading into the new year on a roll. Riding its longest win streak in five seasons, all it needed to do was get past Louisiana Tech and it would begin 2014 on a high note.

Unfortunately for the Sooners, the Bulldogs had other ideas. They stormed into Norman and stunned OU 102-98 in overtime at Lloyd Noble Center Monday.

“It’s a disappointing way to finish the non-conference portion in terms of not getting the result we wanted,” OU coach Lon Kruger said. “I thought Louisiana Tech did a great job and certainly made the plays they needed to win a ball game on the road. We have to learn from it.”

After watching its 13-point first-half lead evaporate, Oklahoma’s Cameron Clark cut Tech’s lead to 83-81 with a pair of free throws with 1:04 left in regulation. After the Bulldogs (11-3) came up empty on their next possession, the Sooners (11-2) got the ball back with a chance to tie or take the lead.

Kruger called a timeout with 17.4 seconds left. He put the ball in Clark’s hands and he was fouled after driving to the basket. He made 1 of 2 from line and OU trailed by one.

The Bulldog’s Kenneth Smith made two from the charity stripe to push the lead to three. With only 9 seconds left, the Sooners’ Jordan Woodard shot a 3-pointer that was off the mark. Clark came down with the rebound. He drove out to the corner, where he leapt off the ground and threw up a 3-pointer that was all net as the buzzer sounded to send the game into overtime.

“Jordan shot and I knew we needed a three to tie, so I got the rebound” Clark said. “I thought about going for two, but went to the three and was able to knock it down.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local Sports
  • Grizzlies will let Russ shoot

    During the hey day of L.A. Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, a new term was added to the lexicon. Anyone who seemingly was able to slow down the prolific scorer was automatically dubbed the Kobe Stopper. Players such as Ruben Patterson, Raja ...

    April 24, 2014

  • Tigers, T-Wolves set for showdown

    For many teams in Norman, the Crosstown Clash is the biggest date on their schedule. It’s the game that can make or break the season. The one that determines bragging rights, and the one that the players are most concerned about....

    April 24, 2014

  • North playing for big picture, NHS fighting for a better place at the table

    While the focus for the next two days will be on the Crosstown Clash, there's also an important postseason race taking place for Norman High and Norman North's baseball teams....

    April 24, 2014

  • Koonce seals OT win for NHS

    Norman High soccer coach Tyler Hardage said it this way: “It’s fun when stuff like that happens.” So it was....

    April 23, 2014

  • NHS boys put on a clinic, while North squads top U.S. Grant

    The Norman High boys continue to play terrific defense and did again Tuesday night, posting their fourth straight shutout, their fifth in sixth games and their seventh of the season. But if that’s vintage Tigers, the other side of NHS’ ...

    April 23, 2014

  • Grizzlies Thunder Basketball Memphis bears down on Oklahoma City

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Memphis wanted to play its game. After allowing Oklahoma CIty to pour in 100 points in Game 1, they knew they had to take some steam out of the Thunder if they stood a chance of coming away with a win on the road....

    April 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • Looking forward to the playoffs

    The road to the title is shifting into high gear. Postseason assignments for several sports were released this week by the OSSAA, and a number of area teams now know the path they’ll take in the playoffs. In softball, Norman High and ...

    April 22, 2014

  • Grizzlies Thunder Basketball Thunder not interested in excuses, just taking care of business

    Russell Westbrook tried to take all the blame. After Oklahoma watched a 25 point lead dwindle to two points against Memphis, the talented point guard said it was due to his erratic play in the third quarter. “It’s on me, man. I’ve got to ...

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Grizzlies Thunder Basketball Thunder withstand Grizz charge to take Game 1

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Style points don’t matter in the NBA playoffs. It’s all about getting wins and moving on. So, despite watching a huge lead dwindle down to a single basket, Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks is pleased his team was able to ...

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Pistons Thunder Basketball Thunder set to take on unlikely rival in Memphis

    It’s become an unlikely rivalry. There is no reason for Oklahoma City and Memphis to have an ongoing feud, except that they do and the numbers seem to bear it out....

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo