Wednesday, December 18, 2013

MBB: Sooners Outlast UT Arlington, 91-89

Cameron Clark tuned everything out and tried to focus on his task -- make two free throws to help Oklahoma stave off an upset bid by UT Arlington.

As he did most of Tuesday night, he succeeded. His free throws with 9.7 seconds left capped a 31-point outing and proved to be the difference as the Sooners hung on for a 91-89 win, Oklahoma's sixth straight.

Buddy Hield added 19 points for Oklahoma (10-1), which was prepping for a showdown with former Big 12 Conference rival Texas A&M on Saturday in Houston in the Big 12-SEC Challenge.

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"It was a good win, a fortunate win," Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said. "I thought UTA did a terrific job of hanging in there close enough all night long and making shots to keep within reach and catch us there late.

"It was a good opportunity for us to work on some things. We haven't been in that late-game situation a lot -- not that we wanted to be there -- but as it turned out we were and I thought our guys handled both the defensive end and offensive end pretty well late." (AP/
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