Cowboys' free-throw woes key to defeat
OSU struggles at the line

By Andrea Cohen Published: February 8, 2007
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NORMAN — Oklahoma's and Oklahoma State's statistics were pretty similar in Wednesday night's Bedlam game.

Both teams shot 44 percent from the field. Both made three 3-pointers, OU 3-of-11 and OSU 3-of-15. Oklahoma State outrebounded the Sooners by five, 38-34.

But here's the big gap, the statistic that might be the simplest explanation for Oklahoma's 67-60 Bedlam win.

Oklahoma only missed three free throws.

Oklahoma State only made five free throws.

"I don't think we're tired,” OSU coach Sean Sutton said. "I think it's something (you do). You make the free throws tonight. We didn't get there as many times as we normally do. And tonight to go there 14 times and only make five, that was a big key in the game. ... It's hard to win in this type of game when you miss free throws and have bad turnovers at the end of the game.”

The Sooners sank 16 of 19 from the line, including all four attempts in the game's final minute. The Cowboys were just 5-of-14 and missed four free throws in the games last five minutes.

"Fortunately we hit ours and I'm glad they missed theirs,” Michael Neal said.

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