MANHATTAN, Kan. – Never easy getting a road win in conference, but the task gets harder when you only score one field goal in the final six minutes of the game.
Oklahoma had no offensive answers down the stretch and let one slip away in a 72-66 loss at Kansas State on Tuesday night.
OU led 62-56 but couldn’t execute in the final five minutes of the game and was outscored 16-4 to close out the game.
It was an off night for a couple of OU’s consistent players as Cameron Clark only scored two points and was 1 of 9 shooting. He came in averaging more than 18 per game.
The other one was even more of a head-scratcher. Freshman guard Jordan Woodard was taken out midway through the second half and never saw the court again in only playing 20 minutes.
OU coach Lon Kruger said after the game Woodard was fine physically, but he liked what Je’lon Hornbeak was doing.
Hornbeak was 0-of-7 shooting from the floor and had one point with three assists. Woodard had five points, two assists and two turnovers.
The Sooners (13-4, 2-2) stayed in the game because of another outstanding effort by sophomore Ryan Spangler. He led the team with 21 points and 14 rebounds.
OU shot 33 percent from the floor and was only 7 of 23 from 3-point territory. Conversely, Kansas State not known for its outside shooting, made 11 of 21 attempts.
KSU freshman Marcus Foster had 18 points to lead the Wildcats (13-4, 3-1). Doesn’t get any easier for OU as it travels to Baylor on Saturday afternoon.