Sooner Season Ends With Loss To Spartans in Sweet 16

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Oklahoma's men's basketball team started hot from the field, then cooled off, losing a double digit lead before losing to Michigan State 62-58 in the NCAA East Regional semifinals in Syracuse, New York, on Friday night.

The Spartans hit nine three-pointers, four each from Denzel Valentine and Travis Trice, who had 24 points and 18 points respectively, and had as many points, 27 as the entire Sooner team in the second half.

OU made 8 of their first 11 shots, but were just 12-for-44 from the field the rest of the game, and shot just 36 percent from the field overall, and were just 4-for-17 from three-point range.

Oklahoma led 31-21 late in the first half, but Michigan State closed the first half with the final six points, and trailed 31-27 at halftime.

Michigan State finally took their first lead midway through the second half when Branden Dawson hit a jumper to make it 44-42 Spartans.

OU responded with a basket from TaShawn Thomas to regain the lead 47-46, but a Matt Costello dunk gave MSU the lead for good at 48-47, and back-to-back three-pointers from Valentine and Trice extended the lead to five.

Oklahoma was led by Buddy Hield, who had 21 points and hit three 3-pointers, while Thomas added 16 points.

The Sooner season comes to an end at 24-11, while Michigan State moves on to play Louisville in the regional final on Sunday.

In this postgame report from Bob Barry, Jr.,  you'll hear comments from coach Lon Kruger, guard Buddy Hield, forward TaShawn Thomas, guard Jordan Woodard, and forward Ryan Spangler.



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