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Jordan Woodard emerged  from the pregame festivities and crowd for his 114th straight start, but he’d finish strong too.

Christian James’ three pointer gave the Sooners a 13 point lead, their biggest of the game, with seven minutes until half time.

James had 15 points off the bench.

As OU tried to drum up a big second half after leading by nine at the break.

With under a minute to go, and after Memphis had taken it’s first lead of the game, Jordan Shepard scored four straight of his career high 18 points.

Before Woodard banked in a three as time ran out to send it to overtime all tied up at 84.

The Edmond Memorial grad then added three more of his 22 points to tie it again in overtime at 89.

But after making their final 16 free throws Memphis holds on for the 99-94 win.

Snapping a 16 game home non conference win streak for the Sooners.

OU drops to 1-7 all time versus Memphis, and a much more troubling trend is that the Sooners have lost three of their last four games.

Lon Kruger says his squad is running out of time to improve with Big 12 play quickly approaching, and that they must do a better job of feeling out late game scenarios in order to pull out wins in the future.

“When they made their run don’t know that we approached each possession with the energy that you have to have to get a stop during that time,” Lon Kruger, OU head basketball coach, said.  “We’ve had several leads in the second half where we haven’t maintained them.  We’ve got to do a better job of making that play during that run.  Someone making that play.  Someone making that deflection, block rebound, whatever.  We’re kind of waiting to see who’s going to do that right now.  We have to grow through that, and keep stepping up.”

“That’s where we just have to regroup, and come back and really lock into film,” Jordan Woodard, OU senior point guard, said.  “I’m sure film’s going to show us everything.  They made key free throws down the stretch.  We probably had a couple turnovers late.  We had some good shots.  Muni was big for us down low.  Shep took some good shots late.  Some shots that you really couldn’t get some second chances at.  We just have to watch film, and see as a team how we can go forward."