February 27, 2007

Sooners can't pull off KU shocker

Nate Carter and Michael Neal finished their Lloyd Noble Center careers in grand fashion fighting down to the wire with the nation's No. 3 team on national television on Monday night.

But although Oklahoma won the second half battle, they lost their war with the Kansas Jayhawks 67-65 as Carter scored 20 points in a losing effort.

The Sooners dug themselves another big hole early as the Jayhawks jumped out to a 13-4 lead less than five minutes into the game.

Oklahoma struggled offensively throughout the first half hitting on only 24 percent of their shots. They went into the halftime locker room down 33-19.

"If we didn't believe we could win then we shouldn't be out there."

That was Jeff Capel's speech to his team at halftime. It must have worked because the Sooners came out of the locker room on fire.

OU picked up their defensive intensity in the second half and they finally cut the lead to single digits at 40-31 with 15:41 remaining in the game.

But Oklahoma started finding ways to the basket and the free throw line thanks to the play of Carter and Taylor Griffin.

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