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Oklahoma basketball: Sooners survive scare from Texas-Arlington

by Ryan Aber Published: December 17, 2013
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photo - Oklahoma's Buddy Hield (24) looks to get around Texas-Arlington's Anthony Walker (44) during the men's college basketball game between the University of Oklahoma and UT-Arlington, at the LLoyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla. Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma's Buddy Hield (24) looks to get around Texas-Arlington's Anthony Walker (44) during the men's college basketball game between the University of Oklahoma and UT-Arlington, at the LLoyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla. Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

— Oklahoma hadn't needed to make many last-minute, much less last-second plays this season.

Tuesday night against UT Arlington, with the game on the line, the Sooner defense wasn't exactly stellar, but OU got the break and came out with a 91-89 win in front of an estimated 3,105 at Lloyd Noble Center.

The Sooners had seemingly taken control of the game on two different occasions only to have Oklahoma State transfer Reger Dowell and the rest of the Mavericks claw their way back in.

But it wasn't Dowell who got the last shot.

UTA forward Brandon Edwards shook free on an inbounds with 2.1 seconds left, then stepped in and took an open 18-foot jumper at the buzzer that went in and out to give the Sooners the win and stretch their record to 10-1.

But Oklahoma would've much rather had Edwards shooting that shot than Dowell shooting for a chance to win it.

After Cameron Clark hit a pair of free throws with less than 10 seconds left to put the Sooners back on top, the Mavs got the ball to Dowell.

But Sooner defenders surrounded him near the 3-point line, leaving UTA no choice but to call a timeout.

“There's good opportunities for us to work on some things,” Sooners coach Lon Kruger said. “We haven't been in those situations a lot — not that we want to be in those situations — but I thought our guys handled both the defensive end and the offensive end there late.”

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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