Sooners Blow Big Lead and Lose to Northern Iowa

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Oklahoma’s men’s basketball team appeared to be on their way to an easy win in a tournament in Orlando, Florida, on Friday, but blew an 18-point lead and lost in overtime to Northern Iowa 73-67.

OU led 43-25 early in the second half after a layup by Rashard Odomes, but the Panthers went on a 34-11 run to take the lead, holding OU without a made field goal for more than 11 minutes.

The Sooners trailed by three in the final half minute when Kristian Doolittle hit a 3-pointer to tie the game at 59 to force overtime.

In OT, Northern Iowa’s Klint Carlson hit a three-pointer to break a 64-64 tie and give the Panthers the lead for good.

Carlson had 22 points to lead all scorers.

Oklahoma committed 24 turnovers in the game and shot just 38 percent from the field.

The Sooners were led by Doolittle and Jordan Woodard, who both scored 13 points.

Khadeem Lattin and Odomes both added 11 points.

The Soooners fall to 2-1 on the season.

OU will play Clemson in the third place game in the Orlando tournament on Sunday at 4:00.