NORMAN- With 0.4 seconds on the clock, the Lloyd Noble Center stood in stunned silence.
Matt Coleman III, one possession after air-balling a contested jumper, nailed an unlikely triple to give the Texas Longhorns their fifth straight win.
“It’s a combination of a little passion, a little luck, and a little of March,” Coleman said after the game.
Just seconds before Coleman’s dagger, the Sooners appeared to be in control.
Up by two with senior leader Kristian Doolittle headed to the free throw line, surely the game was in hand.
Instead, Doolittle missed both free throws, opening the door for Coleman’s late game heroics.
“[Oklahoma] came down, they split the free throw and I looked at Royce [Hamm Jr.] and I was like “I’m about to win this”,” Coleman said.
“You know how in the NBA they say “that’s where amazing happens”? Well in March, that’s where amazing happens.”
The ending marred what was otherwise a good outing for Doolittle in his final game before the Sooner faithful.
Leading the team with 20 points, Doolittle shot 6-of-14 while also adding 10 rebounds, an assist, a steal, and a block to round out his double-double.
Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said the ending to the game will be tough on Doolittle, as it would be on anyone in that situation.
“Everyone who’s been in competition, you know how disappointing that is and you can’t change it,” Kruger said.
“He’ll have that memory for a long time, but he’s going to bounce right back and he’ll work through it.”
Kruger said there are no words to comfort a team after a heartbreaking loss like the one the Sooners suffered tonight.
“I was proud of them,” he said. “I was proud of the fight.”
“It was a tough, tough fight all night long.”
Much like the free throws to close the game, nothing came easy for the Sooners against the Longhorns.
Oklahoma shot just 28 percent from the field, making only 14 field goals the entire game. Even worse, the Sooners went 2-of-20 from beyond the arc.
“We really didn’t make shots. We got good looks,” Oklahoma forward Austin Reaves said after the game.
Brady Manek especially struggled for the Sooners, shooting 2-of-12 from the floor and 0-of-5 from deep.
“I thought really in the first half Brady [Manek] got a couple of good ones, they just didn’t fall for him,” Reaves said. “If some of those go down, again the whole game’s changed.”
“I mean, it is what it is, we just move on to the next one.”
Oklahoma will have to pick up the pieces and refocus with one game remaining in the regular season.
No longer with their sights set on the three seed in the Big 12 Tournament, the Sooners head to TCU for one last chance to pad their resume before the conference tournament.
“You just move forward,” Reaves said. “It’s life. Bad things happen and you’ve just gotta move forward.”
The Sooners will be back in action at 5 p.m. on Saturday when they take the court against the Horned Frogs.
Coverage will start at 4:30 p.m. on 107.7 The Franchise. The game will also be broadcast on ESPN2.