OU basketball: Louisiana Tech trims Sooners in overtime

Cameron Clark has one of his best games of the season, including a buzzer-beating 3-pointer that sent the game into OT.
by Ryan Aber Published: December 30, 2013
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photo - Louisiana Tech’s Chris Anderson, left, fouls OU’s Jordan Woodard, center, during Monday night’s game. Louisiana Tech won 102-98 in overtime.  Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Louisiana Tech’s Chris Anderson, left, fouls OU’s Jordan Woodard, center, during Monday night’s game. Louisiana Tech won 102-98 in overtime. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

NORMAN — Cameron Clark had already played the hero once.

Twice was too much to ask.

With about 10 seconds left in overtime, Clark drove the lane for what could've been a game-tying jumper.

But the ball rolled off Clark's hands, Louisiana Tech's Isaiah Massey grabbed the rebound and converted his free throws after being fouled to help the Bulldogs escape with a 102-98 win before 5,260 fans at Lloyd Noble Center on Monday night. The Bulldogs snapped the Sooners' seven-game winning streak.

“It was a disappointing way to finish the nonconference portion in terms of not getting the result we wanted,” Sooners basketball coach Lon Kruger said. “We have got to work a lot harder defensively to keep the ball out of the net and the rebounds we did not get back. We have to make a lot of progress still.”

Clark bounced back from a season-low six points in OU's previous game with one of his best outings of the season.

He saved the dramatics for the end of regulation, sending the game into overtime with a blind corner 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Freshman Jordan Woodard had the first look at a chance to tie the game, missing a 3-pointer with about four seconds left.

Clark pulled down the rebound, sprinted to the corner, turned and heaved the ball toward the net as the buzzer sounded, sending it straight in and giving the Sooners new life.

Clark said it briefly flashed in his mind to put the shot right back up before he took off to get behind the 3-point line.


by Ryan Aber
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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