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Missed Free Throws Cost Oklahoma Sooners Game Against Texas Longhorns, 52-51 Final

Rich DeCray

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With post season implications on the line, the Oklahoma Sooners prepared to host the Texas Longhorns. Looking for the season sweep, the lone senior in Kristian Doolittle posted a double-double for the ninth time this season. However, the effort failed to produce a victory as the visitors claimed a narrow 52-51 win due to late game heroics.

Down the stretch, the Sooners found themselves with a lead thanks to a couple of free throws from Doolittle. Knocking down two consecutive attempts at the stripe, the forward secured a 48-47 edge with forty seconds remaining in regulation.

Following suit, Brady Manek toed the line to extend the lead. Again, connecting on both free throws the margin grew to 50-47 while leaving just twenty six seconds on the clock. Knowing the opposition remained primed to respond, the defense settled in.

Allowing a quick score coming out of a timeout, Texas’ Matt Coleman cut the deficit to one. From that point on, free throw attempts would prove backbreaking for the Sooners.

Missing three of the final four attempts at the charity stripe left little room for error. Continuing to play for a potential No. 3 seed in the Big 12 tournament, the teams refused to let the other score easily. Collecting the final rebound of the night of a missed free throw, the Longhorns sprinted down the court with possession of the basketball. putting the ball in Coleman’s hands once again, the guard dribbled into triple coverage.

Deciding the pick up the dribble, Coleman launched himself into the air with defenders all around. Releasing the shot from well beyond the three point arc, the ball banked off the backboard before finding the bottom of the net. The single moment produced a 52-51 lead with 0.4 seconds remaining.

Ultimately, missed free throws cost the Sooners the game.

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