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Oklahoma men's basketball notebook: Demons coach said Sooners play hard, tough to match physically

Northwestern State (La.) coach Mike McConathy said: “We tried to put lipstick on the pig.”
BY STEPHANIE KUZYDYM Published: November 30, 2012


Four of those five games were on the road. The Sooners finished the stretch 4-1.

Oklahoma doesn't play another game until Tuesday.

Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said that the team played Friday night like they had so many games, but didn't blame it on fatigue.

“ ... we have to play better,” Kruger said. “We have a day off tomorrow, we'll get away from it a little bit and then get back in preparation for Arkansas.”

THE HALF OF MISSED OPPORTUNITIES

The first half was one of missed baskets for both Oklahoma and Northwestern State.

The Sooners and Demons combined to make a total of 22 field goals out of 59 field goal attempts. They also went a combined 7 of 18 from beyond the arc.

Oklahoma was 10-of-28 from the floor in the first half and 3-of-8 on 3-pointers. Starters Amath M'Baye and Romero Osby missed four shots each while senior Sam Grooms and freshman Buddy Hield missed three each coming off the bench.