Scoring wasn’t OU’s problem. It shot 47.3 percent (26 for 55) and was 8 for 18 from 3-point range. Clark was 3 for 4 beyond the arc.
The problem was every time it had a chance to pull away it let up. After Clark’s steal and layup with 10 minutes to go gave OU a 59-49 lead. OU quickly gave up back-to-back 3-pointers to Amric Field, who scored 15 points, and another to Kyan Anderson, who scored a game-high 23 points.
The Horned Frogs shot 43.1 percent (25 for 58), but were just 5 for 17 from 3-point range. They stayed in the game by scoring 24 points off OU’s 15 turnovers and turning 12 offensive rebounds into 14 points.
OU stopped giving those up in the final minutes. It scored on its last five possession and didn’t give up an offensive rebound during that run.
“At that point, you have to lock in there and not feel bad about where your at, feel like you have an opportunity to win a ballgame,” Kruger said. “I thought the last five possessions on both ends were pretty solid.”
They were, and it was just enough for the Sooners to eke out a victory. The opportunity for a convincing one will have to wait until another day.
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