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Louisiana Tech beats Oklahoma 102-98 in OT

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 30, 2013 at 11:13 pm •  Published: December 30, 2013
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NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Louisiana Tech coach Michael White thought his team had the game sewn up.

But Oklahoma's Cameron Clark hit a wild 3-pointer to send the game to overtime.

White's Bulldogs, though, battled back, coming up big especially at the free-throw line in the extra period, to beat the Sooners 102-98 in front of 5,260 at the Lloyd Noble Center on Monday night.

"I just couldn't be more proud of the poise and mental toughness that our guys played with just to overcome all the adversities that we had to overcome," White said. "We have a physically tough group but I thought our mental toughness was off the charts tonight."

Alex Hamilton scored 10 of his game-high 31 points in overtime as the Bulldogs snapped Oklahoma's seven-game winning streak.

Raheem Appleby scored 22 for Louisiana Tech and Cordarius Johnson scored 17 — 14 in the first half.

The Sooners led by as many as four points in overtime but like other OU leads — 14 in the first half, seven in the second — it quickly slipped away.

Hamilton's jumper in the lane cut OU's lead to one with just more than a minute remaining in overtime, then he grabbed the rebound on a missed 3-pointer by Ryan Spangler on the other end and the Bulldogs kept converting at the line to take control.

Louisiana Tech was 13 for 14 from the free-throw line in overtime.

Oklahoma had two chances to tie the game in the final 30 seconds.

First, Jordan Woodard missed a running jumper with less than 25 seconds left that was grabbed by Louisiana Tech's Isaiah Massey. Then Clark lost control of the ball as he was going up for a jumper with less than 10 seconds remaining and Hamilton hit both free throws after being fouled to put the game away.

After taking just three shots in the first half, making one, Hamilton was 7 of 9 from the floor in the second half and overtime.

"Alex was phenomenal," White said. "He couldn't find a rhythm in the first half and in the second half, he put us on his back and just made a ton of plays offensively.

"He's got great playmaking skills. He was able to get in the paint a lot, convert a lot and draw fouls."

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