OU-Seton Hall Game Notes

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
NOVEMBER 22, 2013

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• Oklahoma recorded one of its most unlikely comebacks in recent memory by scoring the last seven points over the final 32 seconds of an 86-85 win over Seton Hall in Brooklyn, N.Y., in the semifinals of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.

• The Sooners led by as many as nine points (27-18) in the first half and were up 44-41 at halftime. Seton Hall outscored OU 15-4 to start the second half to take an eight-point lead and later went up by 11 (63-52 with 12:07 left).

• Senior Cameron Clark's putback with 31.5 seconds left cut OU's deficit to 85-81. Clark was credited with a steal moments later and scored another layup with 28 seconds left to make it 85-83. Jordan Woodard notched a steal just seconds later and was fouled with 21.5 seconds left. Woodard made the first free throw but missed the second, and a jump ball was called after a scramble for the rebound. Clark missed a shot with 16 seconds remaining, but Woodard came up with the offensive board in traffic and got it to Buddy Hield who was fouled with 9.3 seconds to go. Hield made both free throws and the Sooners survived a desperation 3-point attempt at the buzzer.

• Clark finished with a team-high 20 points on 9-for-14 shooting and added nine rebounds and two assists. It was his highest scoring game since netting 25 points against Baylor his freshman season (Feb. 20, 2011).

• Sophomore guard Isaiah Cousins only played 21 minutes because of foul trouble, but still almost doubled his career high in scoring. From nearby Mount Vernon, N.Y., and with 20 friends and family members in the stands, Cousins was 7-for-8 from the field and finished with 19 points (previous career high was 10), three rebounds and two blocks. A .279 3-point shooter last year, Cousins was 3-for-3 from deep tonight.

• Woodard was big after halftime, scoring all 12 of his points in the second half. The freshman point guard only made two field goals on five attempts but was 8-for-10 from the free throw line.

• Hield scored in double figures for the fourth straight game to start the year, finishing with 13 points.

• Sophomore forward Ryan Spangler was 3-for-5 from the field and only scored six points, but he pulled down a game-high 10 boards and added career highs of three assists, three blocks (tied) and three steals.

• OU outshot Seton Hall, 52.7 to 41.1 percent. The Pirates, who made nine 3-pointers, were 7-for-14 from behind the arc in the first half but just 2-for-12 (.167) in the second half.

• The teams combined to attempt 67 free throws. Seton Hall was 30-for-35 (.857) while Oklahoma was 22-for-32 (.688).

• Sophomore point guard Sterling Gibbs scored a game-high 26 points with the major assistance of 17-for-20 free throw shooting. Through five games, Gibbs has already attempted 70 free throws (14.0 per game).

• Oklahoma will play No. 1 Michigan State in Saturday's 8:30 p.m. CT Coaches vs. Cancer Classic championship game (televised by truTV). OU is 3-4 all-time against the Spartans but has won the last two meetings (2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons). The Sooners are 7-9 all-time against AP No. 1-ranked teams.



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