By Anthony Slater – Aslater@opubco.com - @anthonyVslater
In shattering their own losing streak, the Sooners sent Kansas to a third straight defeat on Saturday, beating the Jayhawks 72-66 in Norman. Here’s some rapid reaction:
Cam Clark has been inconsistent but occasionally explosive off the bench for OU this season. And when he hits one of those hot patches, it can change a game. That happened midway through the second half Saturday, when Clark drilled jumpers on three consecutive possessions, turning a one-point lead into a comfortable nine-point OU cushion. It was part of a decisive 10-2 spurt that saw Clark match his per game average in less than a minute of game action.
It was over when…
…Je’Lon Hornbeak iced it at the free throw line. The cold-blooded freshman looked comfortable in the clutch, drilling four big free throws and a huge three in the final 84 seconds, sealing the must-have victory for the Sooners. “I like being at the free throw line at the end,” Hornbeak said postgame.
Losing streak stats
Star of the game – Romero Osby
OU’s emotional leader paved the way, like he’s done so many times in big moments this year, putting up an efficient 17 points (on 6/8 shooting) and eight rebounds against KU’s tough frontline. Last month, during the loss in Lawrence, Osby was torched by Jeff Withey and admitted as much postgame. On Saturday, he was determined to not let it happen again. He didn’t.
What it means?
The Big 12 is officially a mess. KU’s three-game slide has busted down the door for contenders galore. Here’s the up-to-the minute standings below (and if Iowa State beats KSU later today, six teams will be within one game of first place).
Photo of the game
What a three-game Kansas losing streak looks like
Video of the game
The Evolution of Dance guy goes Gangnam Style in Lloyd Noble at halftime
OU gets TCU at home on Monday (a should-be win) before a huge Bedlam game in Stillwater next Saturday.