The Spartans would not quit, however, and kept pace with the Sooners until the final whistle. Valentine's acrobatic slam dunk with 1:27 left was the final dagger in Oklahoma's chances for another unbelievable comeback, after OU rallied to beat Seton Hall in the final seconds on Friday night.
Clark led the Sooners with 32 points and seven rebounds.
The Sooners were successful containing Adreian Payne, holding him to just four points. The senior forward was the Spartans' standout in their semifinal win over Virginia Tech, where he scored 29 points and collected 10 rebounds.
“(My teammates) did a great job of moving the ball,” Clark said. “We're just going to go back to Oklahoma, work hard and go from there.
The Sooners return home for nonconference action Friday night when they welcome the Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans (1-4) to the Lloyd Noble Center.