Oklahoma faces Oklahoma State basketball

Oklahoma faces Oklahoma State basketball

The No. 4 Oklahoma Sooners (14-3) are coming from an 87-69 loss to the Kansas State Wildcats in which Trae Young scored 20 points in 8 of 21 shooting from the field and 2 of 4 from the free throw line.

Oklahoma will now turn its attention to conference-leader Kansas, who comes to Norman on Tuesday at 6 p.m. Oklahoma State countered Young's heroics with a team effort - Jeffrey Carroll scored 23 points, while Smith chipped in 20 and Tavarius Shine scored 16. But James instead called a timeout, which allowed Oklahoma State to take a breath and setup.

Joe Boozell has been a college basketball writer for NCAA.com since 2015. OU took it to the fourth with a long buzzer-beating three by Ana Llanusa to make it a one-point Cowgirl lead in the final 10 minutes.

Young scored his 48 points on 14-of-39 shooting, hitting eight 3-pointers.

OSU freshman Braxtin Miller (13 points) hit two free throws at the other end with 1.7 seconds left, and all the Sooners had left was a desperation attempt at a full-court pass and basket.

Now OSU has a chance to break a one-year losing streak in the building and sweep the Sooners for the second time in three years, putting OU in the rearview mirror before the calendar flips to February.

Jim Littell believes his Oklahoma State team gave up at least eight points against out-of-bounds plays underneath the basket when it played Oklahoma two weeks ago.

Young, who put a finger to his mouth to shush the crowd after one of his eight earlier 3-pointers, gave a Steph Curry shimmy as momentum shifted in OU's favor.

The game had five ties and 10 lead changes.

Young had just 14 points at halftime before taking the game over.

The Sooners (9-10, 4-4 Big 12) overcame a dismal first half, offensively, but let a seven-point lead slip away in the final five minutes. Their decision not to foul Smith at the end of regulation before he attempted the game-tying three-pointer drew criticism from ESPN's Jay Bilas.

"Just being a playmaker", Smith said.

"She made big plays, really big plays", Coale said.

In overtime, every possession was fragile.

Young scored 34 of his 48 points in the second half of overtime, but it was a grind the whole way in his 43 minutes of action.

And despite forcing a turnover and grabbing an offensive rebound in the final 30 seconds, Oklahoma missed its final four shots. He can still be the Sooners' engine and catalyst, but they must have others emerge as shot creators when opponents focus their defense on getting the ball out of Young's hands. "I know there's a men's game on the same day, but I'm sure they still have a bunch of fans I know we have some strong supporters that are going to go watch".

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