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Oklahoma basketball: Second-half comeback lifts Iowa State past OU

BIG 12 TOURNAMENT — Oklahoma's trip to Kansas City for the Big 12 basketball tournament will end up being a short one. The Sooners lost 73-66 to Iowa State on Thursday and now must wait until Sunday to find out their postseason fate.
BY STEPHANIE KUZYDYM Modified: March 15, 2013 at 8:46 am •  Published: March 14, 2013

The contribution of starters Melvin Ejim (a game-high 23 points) and Will Clyburn (17 points) gave the Cyclones 40 of their 73 total points.

Of Clyburn’s 17 points, 15 came in the second half. And 10 of those came during a 2-minute, 10-second period when Clyburn went on a personal 10-2 run against the Sooners.

“He hit a couple shots, and we didn’t respond to him after that,” OU’s Cameron Clark said. “We’ve just got to get stops. That’s all it comes down to.”

But the stops never came.

The Sooners struggled offensively, making just one 3-pointer on 10 attempts in the second half. Oklahoma finished the game 3-of-18 from beyond the arc. Oklahoma is just 3-of-34 on 3-pointers over its last two games.

After the loss, OU’s locker room was one of stunned silence. Clark, who scored 17 points, fought back tears.

Osby was the first one asked what went wrong and why.

“We really didn’t attack on the offensive end like we did in the first half,” Osby said. “We didn’t have the same pop like we did.”

He was frustrated by it. They all were.

Steven Pledger, the only starter who’s been on the team for four years, sat with his head in his hands, coming to the realization that a postseason tournament might be with the letters NIT instead of NCAA.

“Disappointed,” Pledger said of his feelings. “We were supposed to win that game. We had it for 37 minutes and then we let it go.”


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