OU basketball: Takeaways from the Sooners' 94-90 Bedlam loss
NORMAN — It wasn’t the prettiest game, but Bedlam rarely is.
There were turnovers all over the place, stretches of offensive futility on both sides, and other mistakes all around.
But OU and Oklahoma State kept answering each other’s punches, until finally the No. 7 Sooners couldn’t answer any more.
Cade Cunningham had a monster game — 40 points, 10 in overtime, to go along with 11 rebounds — as the Cowboys knocked off OU 94-90 in overtime at Lloyd Noble Center.
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The teams have just a day in between meetings, as they’ll square off Monday at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater in a game originally scheduled for Jan. 16.
Cunningham looked like he had ended it with a strong sequence in the final minute of regulation, first answering Elijah Harkless’ 3-pointer with a driving layup of his own to give the Cowboys back the lead.
Then, Cunningham came from behind to block Austin Reaves’ shot with less than 24 seconds to go.
But Bryce Williams missed the second of two free throws, giving the Sooners a chance to tie it or win in regulation.
This time, Reaves gave it up, dishing to Brady Manek underneath for a game-tying layup.
Cunningham had one more chance in regulation but Harkless batted it away near midcourt, running the clock out.
Ball movement slows down
OU’s strength early was its ball movement, as the Sooners had nine first-half assists — five by Reaves.
While Reaves added some scoring punch late in the first half, he primarily facilitated for his teammates.
Reaves’ assists led to four first-half 3-pointers — two by De’Vion Harmon.
In the second half, though, OU’s ball movement slowed and its 3-point shooting suffered.
After going 5 of 11 from behind the line in the first half, the Sooners were just 3 of 9 from distance in the second half.
Reaves did spread the ball around more late in regulation, with three assists in the final 4:24.
Reaves finished with 22 points, 8 assists and 6 rebounds.
Harmon led the Sooners with 23 points.
Harkless helps Sooners turn things around early
Sooners coach Lon Kruger went with a new starting lineup, starting Brady Manek in the middle alongside Jalen Hill down low.
The change pushed Harkless from the starting lineup for the first time since Jan. 6.
The Sooners’ defensive tone-setter made a big difference when he did enter the game just more than eight minutes in.
When Harkless made his first appearance, Oklahoma State was 8 of 12 from the floor and led 21-17.
The rest of the first half, the Cowboys were just 4 of 18 from the floor as the Sooners outscored OSU by 10 the rest of the half.
Harkless had five steals, helping the Sooners force a season-high 20 turnovers.
Kuath strong offensively but Cowboys take advantage on other end
Sooners big man Kur Kuath came off the bench once again.
But he played his biggest role since well before he dropped out of the starting lineup in early February.
Kuath played 19 minutes, going 5 of 6 from the floor, with several dunks to finish off alley-oops. Kuath’s 10 points since scoring 12 Jan. 19 against Kansas State.
The Cowboys, though, outscored OU by 16 with Kuath on the floor.