PHILADELPHIA — Oklahoma was unable to answer one question.
What happened to the Sooners in a 70-55 loss to San Diego State that booted them from the NCAA Tournament in just 40 minutes? Why did the Sooners, who were a team that shot around 50 percent all season, end the season in a scoring drought? What happened from beyond the arc? And what happened to anyone backing up Romero Osby?
“Oh, I mean, I don't know,” junior Amath M'Baye said about OU's struggle from beyond the arc. “I don't know.”
“I really don't know,” senior guard Steven Pledger said about OU's shooting gone cold.
“I don't really know how to explain it right now,” senior point guard Sam Grooms, who sat the bench in the second half, said about what went wrong. “I don't really know what to say about it.”
Here's what the stats say.
In its last three games, Oklahoma didn't shoot above 40 percent, going 24-of-66 against TCU, 24-of-63 against Iowa State and 23-of-58 against San Diego State.
Does it get better from beyond the arc? Nope. Oklahoma's best in those final three games was 23.8 percent from 3-point range. The Sooners went 0-of-16 against TCU, 3-of-18 against Iowa State and 5-of-21 against San Diego State.
On Friday at the Wells Fargo Center, Romero Osby went 9-of-15 from the floor. The rest of the team went 14-of-43.
“That's the game,” Osby said. “That's the game that we love. We hate it sometimes, but we always love it, and sometimes things just don't go your way. I think that's pretty much what it was.”
Here's what else didn't go the Sooners' way — rebounding. The Sooners (20-12) were ahead slightly on the boards at halftime, 19-17. They ended the game grabbing only 10 more boards than what they went into halftime with. The Aztecs finished with 40 rebounds, 29 defensively.
Just like in its past two games, Oklahoma went on a scoring drought in the second half.
San Diego State scored eight straight points before Osby could slow them with a 3-pointer. Thirty seconds later, San Diego answered back with a three. The Sooners missed seven straight shots until M'Baye scored a basket.
Last week against Iowa State, no Sooner made a basket with about eight minutes remaining. In the last nine-plus minutes against San Diego, Oklahoma scored just seven points.
The Sooners shot 37 percent in the second half and missed 16 of 21 3-point attempts.
Osby finished with 22 points. No other Sooner hit double digits in scoring.
Jamaal Franklin led San Diego State (23-10) with 21 points.
Pledger, who OU coach Lon Kruger said the Sooners needed making shots, was 1-of-8 and finished with three points. Shots that he had been making all season were no longer falling.
“It wasn't the way I wanted to go out,” Pledger said, his eyes red with tears.