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February 13, 2014

Lack of intensity, 3-point inaccuracy doom Sooners

NORMAN — Oklahoma’s mixture of an over-reliance on 3-pointers mixed with a lethargic effort first-half effort produced its most stunning loss of the season Monday night at Lloyd Noble Center.

The Sooners fell, 68-60, to Texas Tech, a team it topped 74-65 2 1/2 weeks ago in Lubbock.

What changed in 18 days?

OU’s ability to hit a 3-pointer or make free throws. It was just 6 for 27 from beyond the arc and 6 for 12 from the free-throw line.

Cameron Clark scored 16 points to lead the Sooners (18-7, 7-5 Big 12) but only played 26 minutes due to foul trouble. The bigger problem was Clark was 2 for 2 from beyond the 3-point line. The rest of the Sooners: 4 for 25.

Buddy Hield, who entered the game averaging 17 points a contest, finished with three on 1 for 13 shooting. Point guard Jordan Woodard was 1 for 6 en route to two points.

Beyond the numbers, physically and emotionally, the Red Raiders (13-11, 5-6) showed up ready for a tough game. The Sooners did not.

“We didn’t come out ready to play,” Clark said. “I saw that from the beginning, in warm-ups.”

The last 16 minutes of the first half was likely OU’s worst stretch of basketball all season. It couldn’t make a shot, get a stop, grab a loose ball or do much of anything at the level of the Red Raiders.

The Sooners had used 3-pointers to bury Baylor just four days earlier. Those shots were not falling Wednesday. Texas Tech contested them and chased down the errant ones.

With every miss, OU’s confidence dipped and the Sooners didn’t do much to get it back.

“Just a little bit,” Texas Tech guard Robert Turner said. “Like I said, they’re a good team, but they live and died by the 3 a little bit. They kept shooting them. For a minute, I thought they would get hot before the end of the night. We kept contesting their shots.”

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