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March 10, 2013

BIG 12 MEN'S BB: Sooners stunned after first-half lull

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FORT WORTH — “I thought we had good energy coming out of the locker room, but they hit us first and we didn’t respond as quick as we should have,” Osby said. “We shouldn’t have to respond to that. We should be ready to fight from the beginning and we just didn’t do it.”

Garlon Green led the Horned Frogs with 18 points. Connell Crossland and Charles Hill both added 13. Crossland and Hill combined for 20 of those in the first half.

It was bad enough the Sooners couldn’t get shots to go down in the first half, but they were giving up any kind of shot TCU wanted to take. Layups and wide-open 3-pointers were plentiful — reasons why TCU shot 54 percent (27 for 50).

OU trailed by double digits during 22 minutes and 8 seconds of the game and was down by 25 with 19:26 to go.

It took a frantic comeback to even make Grooms’ 3-point attempt matter.

“In the second half, we started to get stops and came together more on the defensive end and started clicking more on the offensive end,” Fitzgerald said.

They did. After TCU’s Kyan Anderson sank a 3-pointer to put the Horned Frogs up 47-22 early in the second half, OU answered with a 34-12 run over the next 10 minutes.

Hield actually had an open 3-pointer with 5 minutes left that could have tied that game. But that was OU’s problem: it always needed a 3-pointer to tie the game.

The Sooners didn’t just miss their 16 3-point attempts, they missed them badly. Half of them didn’t even catch iron.

Grooms’ 3-pointer came closer to falling than most of them, but it still clanged off the rim. His teammates huddled with him in the corner while the Horned Frogs celebrated their second ever Big 12 Conference win.

“This is frustrating,” Osby said. “At the end of the day, we have to stay together and learn from this loss. We can take a lot from this, but it was an indication that we’re not where we want to be. We have to get better and continue to work.”

The lesson was apparent Saturday: OU cannot overlook anyone and expect to win.

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