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No. 1 Michigan State 87, Oklahoma 76
Nov. 23, 2013
Coaches vs. Cancer Classic Championship Game
• Oklahoma jumped out to a 22-11 lead against the nation's No. 1-ranked team but lost an 87-76 decision in the Coaches vs. Cancer Championship game in Brooklyn, N.Y.
• After going up 11, OU was outscored 34-9 over the final 10:38 of the first half as Michigan State took a 45-31 halftime lead. It marked the first half the Sooners did not score at least 40 points this year. The Spartans extended their lead to 18 (53-35 with 18:02 left) before OU went on an 18-4 run to cut the margin to four (57-53 with 12:16 remaining). With OU still down by four with 3:16 to go, MSU finished the game on a 12-5 spurt.
• OU made nine of its first 11 field goal attempts but finished with a .431 field goal mark. Michigan State shot .500 on the night.
• Senior forward Cameron Clark scored a career-high 32 points on 11-for-17 field goal shooting and added a team-high seven rebounds. He made both of his 3-point attempts and was 8-for-9 from the foul line. Clark was named to the all-tournament team.
• One night after scoring a career-high 19 points (his previous high was 10), sophomore guard Isaiah Cousins netted 15 more against Michigan State thanks largely to a 9-for-11 free throw effort (career highs in makes and attempts). Cousins, who is from nearby Mount Vernon, N.Y., added five boards, two assists and two steals in a career-high 36 minutes.
• Sophomore guard Buddy Hield scored in double figures for the fifth game to start the year, finishing with 13 points and six rebounds. He was 6-for-12 from the field after not participating in the team's shootaround earlier in the day due to a migraine headache.
• Freshman point guard Jordan Woodard contributed nine points and a career-high-tying seven assists. He was 4-for-6 from the free throw line.
• The Sooners held first-team preseason All-American Adreian Payne to four points on 1-for-6 field goal shooting in 25 minutes. Payne entered the game averaging a team-high 19.8 points and had tallied career highs in two of the last three games (26 and 29).
• Oklahoma outscored Michigan State 18-14 off turnovers, 9-8 in second-chance points and 13-10 in fast break points.
• OU fell to 7-10 all-time against AP No.-ranked teams and to 3-5 all-time against Michigan State. The Sooners had won their last two games against the Spartans.
• Oklahoma is back in action on Friday, Nov. 29, when it hosts Arkansas-Little Rock at 2 p.m. CT (day after Thanksgiving).