Hield was one of the Sooners’ best shooters all season. But he was just 1 of 9 against the Bison and 7 of 24 over the last two games.
“I’ve got a bitter taste in my mouth,” Hield said, looking straight to the floor. “This one’s going to hurt for a little while. I didn’t feel good shooting the ball all night. I had good looks. I had looks that I usually make. The last couple of games I wasn’t feeling myself shooting the ball.”
Those looks included the final possession of regulation.
Cousins drove, trying to get to the rim. He beat his defender, but the Bison collapsed with two more.
Cousins kicked it out to Hield in the corner, but the shot bounced free. Woodard then missed a 14-footer and Cousins’ desperation put-back attempt failed as time expired to force overtime.
Cam Clark, one of two OU seniors, scored 22 of his team-high 25 points after halftime. Cousins had one of his best all-around games this season, scoring 17 points with eight rebounds and three steals. Freshman Jordan Woodard scored 13, his most since Feb. 5.
But Woodard and Cousins each missed the second of two free throws in the final minute to give North Dakota State a chance.
Cousins’ miss with 26 seconds left could’ve put the Sooners up four. Instead, the Bison grabbed the defensive rebound and called timeout to set up Alexander’s 3-pointer.
North Dakota State (26-6) will play the winner of Thursday’s late game between San Diego State and New Mexico on Saturday.