Big Second-Half Run Dooms OU against Kansas State

Thursday, May 26th 2011, 12:13 pm
By: News On 6

Originally Published: Feb 19, 2011 5:15 PM CDT

Corey DeMoss
Oklahoma Sports Staff Writer

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Oklahoma Sooners nearly overcame a big halftime deficit, but could not recover from a second-half run in a 77-62 loss to Kansas State Saturday.

The Sooners (12-14, 4-8) trailed 39-24 at halftime, but came out firing to start the second half. Cade Davis hit a 3-pointer to start the scoring, and OU chipped away at the lead until pulling within 55-50 with less than seven minutes left in regulation.

Kansas State (18-9, 6-6) suddenly caught fire, making three consecutive 3-pointers to spark a 14-0 run in only two minutes to suddenly blow the game open. OU did not have enough time to come back and allowed the clock to run out and seal the outcome.

Davis was OU’s biggest bright spot, going 8-of-9 from the floor and 4-of-5 from 3-point range to score 21 points. Carl Blair and Andrew Fitzgerald each added 10 points.

The Sooners had trouble guarding Jacob Pullen for most of the day, and he finished with a game-high 27 points. Rodney McGruder also scored 20 points thanks to 5-of-7 shooting from beyond the arc. Nobody else on the team scored more than nine points.

The loss continued OU’s recent struggles, stretching its losing streak to five straight games and falling into 10th place in the Big 12. Before the losing streak began, the Sooners had won four in a row and climbed as high as third in the conference.

OU will stay on the road for its next game against at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday against Texas A&M, which has won its last three games.