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February 28, 2013

Sooners can’t muster overtime win after late collapse against Longhorns

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AUSTIN, Texas —

The Sooners finished with 16 turnovers. The Longhorns turned those into 26 points.

“We didn’t take care of the ball and you have to credit them,” OU point guard Sam Grooms said. “They went to the full-court press and were active. They got their hands on some balls and got some steals. It led to scoring opportunities for them and gave them momentum.”

Kabongo, who didn’t play in the Sooners’ 73-67 victory Jan. 21 over the Longhorns at Lloyd Noble Center, only had three points in the first half. He scored 28 in the final 25 minutes, including eight in overtime. McClellan added 18 and was a perfect 13-for-13 from the free-throw line. Three came after a controversial foul on Pledger on a 3-point attempt with nine seconds to go.

Osby had a chance to seal the game in regulation, but missed one of two free throws.

Kabongo drove the length of the floor and scored in six seconds to send the game into overtime.

Osby gave OU a brief lead with 3:10 left in overtime with a dunk, but the Sooners’ never led again.

The loss blew a chance for OU to seize fourth place in the Big 12 all by itself. Instead, it’ll face Iowa State on Saturday for that designation.

“It’s tough to let this one slip away, we’ve got to regroup,” OU coach Lon Kruger said. “This one is going to hurt for a while, but we have to bounce back.”

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