The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

December 17, 2013

Sooners hold off UTA


Associated Press

NORMAN, Okla. — Cameron Clark scored 31 points and hit two decisive free throws with 9.7 seconds left and Oklahoma held on to beat Texas-Arlington 91-89 on Tuesday night, the Sooners’ sixth straight win.

Buddy Hield added 19 points for Oklahoma (10-1), which was prepping for a showdown with former Big 12 Conference rival Texas A&M on Saturday in Houston in the Big 12-SEC Challenge.

The Sooners have never lost to Texas-Arlington (4-7) in seven meetings but they came close, never really asserting control over the Sun Belt Conference opponent. Brandon Edwards’ potential tying 18-foot jumper at the buzzer rimmed out for the Mavericks, who tied season highs for 3-pointers (13) and 3-point attempts (33).

Reger Dowell, who spent three seasons at Oklahoma State before transferring to Texas-Arlington, scored 30 points for the Mavericks. Dowell entered the game with a 22.2-point scoring average, ranking him 13th in NCAA Division I.

OU 91, TEXAS-ARLINGTON 89

TEXAS-ARLINGTON (4-7) — Williams 3-4 0-0 6, Edwards 5-15 2-2 12, Dowell 11-18 3-4 30, Outler 6-12 0-0 17, White-Miller 1-2 0-0 3, Dillard 0-5 0-0 0, McElvain 2-4 0-0 6, McClanahan 1-5 2-2 4, Walker 5-5 1-1 11, Bilbao 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 34-70 8-9 89.

OKLAHOMA (10-1) — Spangler 6-7 4-6 16, Clark 11-18 4-4 31, Woodard 2-9 3-7 7, Cousins 2-6 0-0 4, Hield 6-15 3-4 19, Booker 2-6 0-0 6, Fraschilla 0-0 0-0 0, Neal 1-1 0-0 2, Harper 0-0 0-0 0, Bennett 2-2 2-2 6. Totals 32-64 16-23 91.

Halftime—Oklahoma 45-41. 3-Point Goals—Texas-Arlington 13-33 (Dowell 5-9, Outler 5-11, McElvain 2-3, White-Miller 1-2, Dillard 0-3, Edwards 0-5), Oklahoma 11-23 (Clark 5-7, Hield 4-8, Booker 2-5, Cousins 0-1, Woodard 0-2). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Texas-Arlington 33 (Williams 8), Oklahoma 39 (Spangler 8). Assists—Texas-Arlington 21 (McClanahan 7), Oklahoma 20 (Woodard 12). Total Fouls—Texas-Arlington 16, Oklahoma 11. Technical—Dowell. A—3,105.