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Bedlam basketball notebook: Sooners produce in crunch time, Cowboys don't

Trailing 68-65 with 2:02 to play, OU scored on each of its final five possessions in Saturday's 77-74 Bedlam victory.
by John Helsley Published: February 15, 2014

Trailing 68-65 with 2:02 to play, OU scored on each of its final five possessions in Saturday's 77-74 Bedlam victory.

Buddy Hield fired in back-to-back 3-pointers and Jordan Woodard and Je'Lon Hornbeak combined to go 6-of-6 from the foul line.

Meanwhile, down the stretch for the Cowboys, Le'Bryan Nash was off on a 15-foot jumper, Phil Forte missed a forced 3-pointer and Markel Brown misfired on a potential tying 3 at the buzzer for the Cowboys.

“They made (3s),” said Cowboys coach Travis Ford. “Give them credit. We had a 3 late in the game that was wide open as well. It just didn't go in. We had a good look at the end of the game for a tying 3 that was a really good look.

“So give them credit. We had a couple of open shots that we didn't convert, and they converted theirs.”

Hield's final 3, putting OU ahead for good, was most troubling for Ford.

The Sooner guard was left alone on the left wing when a defender dropped off to help defend OU big man Ryan Spangler.

“We aren't supposed to be helping off Spangler driving,” Ford said. “It was just a defensive mistake. If it was someone else driving it, that's a different story, but we talked about certain guys that you don't help off of.”

SOONERS CAN'T FOUL LATE

After calling a timeout with 4.4 seconds left, there was little question Sooners coach Lon Kruger was setting his team up to foul quickly on the OSU inbounds pass.

But the Sooners couldn't get their hands on Brown — or at least couldn't get the call. Brown's shot, though, missed wide and it didn't matter as Oklahoma finished the season sweep.

“Oh yeah, we tried to foul,” Kruger said. “We had them fouled there at midcourt. Both of our guys said they fouled but it wasn't called. We have to foul with a little more enthusiasm, I guess.”

Kruger was holding his breath as Brown released the shot.

“When Brown was rising up to shoot that one, (I) didn't like the feeling I had because he's a great player,” Kruger said.

NO REST FOR THE WEARY

The Cowboys' losing streak stretched to six games Saturday.

And with a short rotation, they face a quick turnaround with a trip to Baylor coming up Monday.

Not only have the losses mounted, but minutes are mounting, too. All five starters played at least 30 minutes against OU, with Nash on the floor for 39, Brown 37 and Phil Forte 36.

By contrast, only one Sooner reached 30 minutes, while nine played and eight contributed at least 19 minutes.

“We can't feel sorry for ourselves; no one is going to feel sorry for us,” Forte said.

Instead, Forte said, it's on them to rally.

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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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