Sooners led 95-93 with 1:27 left in the extra period. Woodard was fouled and hit 1 of 2 to push the lead to three. Tech’s Alex Hamilton hit a short jumper to cut the lead back down to one. Ryan Spangler missed a 3-pointer from the corner and the Bulldogs turned it into two free throws that gave them a 97-96 lead with 39.7 remaining.
Woodard’s shot to give OU the lead was short, and Isaiah Massey got the board and was fouled. He missed 1 of 2 to keep the Sooners’ hopes alive.
With 16 seconds left, OU went back to Clark, hoping he could produce the same heroics again. But this time he turned it over on his way to the basket. Hamilton hit two free throws to put the contest out of reach.
“Cam has been really good at attacking the rim,” Kruger said. “Getting the ball to the paint. He’s a tough matchup in that way. He’s had some success. He didn’t get it done on that occasion. But we like having the ball in Cam’s hands at that point and seeing if we can make a play.”
Clark led the Sooners with 26 points on 8-for-19 shooting to go along with eight rebounds. Spangler added 20 points and 13 rebounds.
The Bulldogs were paced by Hamilton, who led all scorers with 31. Raheem Appleby chipped in with 22 points.
The loss snapped the Sooners’ seven-game win streak. It had been the longest for the program since the 2008-09 season when they had separate win steaks of 12 and 13 games.
“It’s big,” Clark said, “but I think it will be a great learning experience for us. They say a loss will teach you a lot of things. We are just going to get back to the gym, work on things like defense. And just be tougher.”
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