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.”