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OU basketball: Poor shooting dooms Sooners

Oklahoma is shooting 33.9 percent from the field in Big 12 play.
BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com Published: January 9, 2012

STILLWATER — One possession early in the second half represented Oklahoma's frustration. The Sooners grabbed three offensive rebounds. They attempted four shots. And still came up empty.

Continuing a trend that's plagued them their first three conference games, the Sooners shot poorly in a 72-65 loss to Oklahoma State on Monday night at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

Bedlam was no different from losses to No. 9 Missouri or No. 10 Kansas.

It's difficult to win when a team shoots 32.4 percent like the Sooners did against OSU.

“We haven't shot the ball well in any game in conference play,” said OU coach Lon Kruger. “We have to get better movement. We have to work harder to get better shots. We have to compete harder against better defenses, do all the little things.”

OU's offensive struggles were so glaring the Cowboys, leading by as many as 17 points, milked the clock, attempting only two field goals the final seven minutes.

“We can get teams frustrated,” said OSU freshman Le'Bryan Nash. “We really identify with our half-court defense. They couldn't get anything going on offense. They were taking bad shots, and we were capitalizing. When we see they're frustrated it makes us happy.”

OU (10-5 overall, 0-3 in league play) is shooting 33.9 percent in league play.

The Sooners are averaging only 58.3 points after averaging close to 80 points much of non-conference play.

“We do get frustrated, but we have to look at ourselves as individuals and a team,” said forward Romero Osby, who recorded his fifth double-double. “We need to go back to the drawing board and just put in more time in the gym.”

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