NORMAN, Okla. – Louisiana Tech came into Monday’s night game winless in eight tries versus Oklahoma, two of which went in overtime.
It was only fitting that the ninth meeting went into overtime as well, but this time the victory went to the Bulldogs as they upset the Sooners, 102-98, inside Lloyd Noble Center.
LA Tech (11-3) nearly had the game won in regulation, but a desperation three by OU’s Cameron Clark beat the buzzer and sent the game into overtime.
The Bulldogs went down by four, 95-91, with 1:46 to play but solid defense and clutch free throw shooting propelled the team on a 7-1 run to go up 98-96.
A steal by Alex Hamilton with seven seconds left resulted in two made free throws. After Oklahoma (11-2) cut it to within two again, the Sooners fouled Raheem Appleby with 1.1 second remaining.
Appleby calmly sank both free throws to seal the upset win for the ‘Dogs, handing OU their first home loss of the year.
Hamilton had a subpar first half, committing five turnovers and only having three points. However in the second half the sophomore played possessed, finishing with a career-high 31 points.
Appleby finished with 22 and Cordarius Johnson came off the bench to score 17, including five three-pointers.
Up next for LA Tech is the last nonconference game of the season. The Bulldogs take on the Longwood Lancers on Saturday, Jan. 6 at 6 p.m. inside the Thomas Assembly Center.
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