Oklahoma vs. North Dakota State
NCAA Tournament Round of 64
March 20, 2014
• No. 5 seed Oklahoma's season came to an end with an 80-75 second-round NCAA Tournament overtime loss to No. 12 seed North Dakota State in Spokane, Wash. The Sooners finished the year with a 23-10 record, its best since the 2008-09 season. OU also finished the season ranked in the AP poll (No. 21) for the first time since 2009.
• The Sooners fell to 36-28 all-time in the NCAA Tournament while the win for the Bison was their first in the event in two appearances. OU's 24 NCAA Tourney appearances since 1983 are the second most by a Big 12 school, behind Kansas.
• Trailing 37-29 at halftime, Oklahoma took its first lead of the second half (62-61) with 1:29 remaining. It went ahead 65-61 lead with 38 seconds left and took a 66-63 lead with 25 seconds to go. NDSU's Lawrence Marshall hit a game-tying 3-pointer with 11.2 seconds left and the Sooners missed three potential game-winning shots before the regulation horn.
• In his final career game, Cameron Clark scored a game-high 25 points, 22 of them after halftime. He was 9-for-21 from the field and 3-for-5 from 3-point range while adding six rebounds without a turnover in 39 minutes. Clark passed Blake Griffin on OU's all-time scoring list and finished his career ranked 19th with 1,284 points. His 128 career games played tied Tim Heskett and Jeff Webster for seventh most in school history (he played in every OU game of his career).
• Sophomore guard Isaiah Cousins tied a career high with four 3-pointers on five attempts and finished with 17 points, a team-high eight rebounds, two assists and three steals in a career-high 42 minutes. He scored at least 17 points in five of OU's final 10 games this season and finished the year shooting .387 from 3-point range (29-for-75) after shooting .250 (10-for-40) last year.
• Point guard Jordan Woodard finished with 13 points, five rebounds and three assists. He ended the season with 152 assists, just two shy of Tommy Mason-Griffin's school freshman record (2009-10 season).
• Sophomore guard Buddy Hield was held to nine points on 4-for-14 shooting. It was just the third time in 33 games this year he did not score in double figures. He had made at least three 3-pointers in 11 of the last 12 games but was 1-for-9 tonight.
• Oklahoma went 12-for-30 from 3-point range, the 13th time this season it made at least 10 3-pointers. The Sooners finished 11-2 in those contests (losses were season's final two games). They made at least 10 treys in eight of the last 10 games. On the year, they averaged a school-record 8.64 3-pointers per contest.
• North Dakota State entered the game averaging just 9.8 turnovers a contest to rank 12th nationally. The Sooners forced 15 turnovers while committing just 10, but was outscored 18-13 off those mistakes.
• Oklahoma lost despite attempting 21 more shots in the game. The Sooners shot .347 from the field (their second-lowest mark of the season) while NDSU shot .529.
• OU held Summit League Player of the Year Taylor Braun to just 11 points on 3-for-11 shooting in his 42 minutes. The senior guard entered the game averaging 18.2 points per game. Conversely, Alexander scored a career-high 28 points after averaging 10.8 points per game on the season before tonight. The junior point guard was 10-for-15 from the field and 4-for-7 from the 3-point line while adding eight boards and four assists.