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OU basketball: Comeback falls short, Texas Tech beats Sooners

The Sooners cut a 20-point Tech lead to three in about nine minutes of the second half, but the Red Raiders re-extended their advantage to go on and win 68-60.
by Ryan Aber Published: February 12, 2014

NORMAN — Cam Clark sensed something was wrong before Wednesday's basketball game against Texas Tech.

“I felt like we weren't ready to play,” Clark said. “We've just got to get back to playing like we used to. We can't take games for granted.”

After Oklahoma proved Clark right in a 68-60 loss at Lloyd Noble Center, Ryan Spangler vowed to help fix the Sooners' problems.

“I don't think I performed like I usually do,” Spangler said after his five-point, four-rebound performance, less than half of his season averages. “I'll take the blame for that. I wasn't hustling for rebounds like I usually do, wasn't playing defense — being a leader on defense — like I usually do. We're just going to keep getting better, working on that.

“I need to become a better leader, and this game will show me how much that means to our team and I'll work on that.”

In the thick of the Big 12 race just two weeks ago, the Sooners have dropped three of their last four to fall into a fourth-place tie. OU (18-7 overall, 7-5 Big 12) is three games behind Kansas in the loss column.

“We lost a couple tough ballgames on the road,” OU coach Lon Kruger said of the losses at Iowa State and West Virginia that started the slide. “In the Big 12, you've got to fight like crazy. Both games went down to the last possession. I'd like to have snuck one or two of those out, but nothing can change that.

“Just clearly didn't play like we need to tonight. The other two were losses that we would've liked to have changed but didn't think we played differently in those. We did tonight.”

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