OU basketball: Cameron Clark performs well against tough competition

Though the Sooners lost to top-ranked Michigan State, there were plenty of positive signs for a team trying to return to the NCAA Tournament. One of the biggest came from Clark, one of the few experienced players on the roster.
by Ryan Aber Published: November 24, 2013
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photo - Michigan State's Branden Dawson, right, defends against Oklahoma's Cameron Clark (21) during the first half of the championship game in the Coaches vs. Cancer NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Michigan State's Branden Dawson, right, defends against Oklahoma's Cameron Clark (21) during the first half of the championship game in the Coaches vs. Cancer NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

NORMAN — Before Oklahoma headed to New York last week, perhaps no Sooner was looking forward to it quite like senior forward Cameron Clark.

Clark wanted to see how OU would react in a difficult environment against one of the nation's best teams.

He wasn't willing to look past Seton Hall in the opener of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, but it was clear that Clark wanted a chance to go against a team like top-ranked Michigan State.

Oklahoma got that chance Saturday, falling to the Spartans 87-76.

Afterward, Clark wasn't yet in the mood to look ahead.

“We didn't get the result that we wanted,” Clark said. “But we're always going to go out there and play hard.”

Though the Sooners lost, there were plenty of positive signs for a team trying to return to the NCAA Tournament with a young roster.

One of the biggest came from Clark, one of the few experienced players.

On the offensive end, Clark was as good as he's been during his time at OU, scoring a career-high 32 points on 11 of 17 shooting, including hitting both of his 3-point attempts. He also hit all but one of his nine free-throw tries.

More encouraging was on the defensive end.

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by Ryan Aber
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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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