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February 11, 2013

Sooners hang on to upset No. 5 Kansas

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NORMAN, Okla. —

Cameron Clark was the only other Sooner in double digits, but OU got a huge performance from freshman guard Je’lon Hornbeak in the final 100 seconds. All seven of his points came on a 3-pointer and 4-of-6 free-throw shooting in the final minute.

“I like being at the free-throw line at the end. Just to know the team is looking for you to make that big shot right there. I missed two. I’m not really happy about that. They went in and out on me,” Hornbeak said. “But the last two, I knew exactly where I needed to put the ball. I was happy we got up four, got a comfortable lead.”

The last two came with 16 seconds left. By then, OU’s student section had already mapped its route to center court. As freshman guard Buddy Hield stole the ball one last time from Johnson, the tidal wave started to crash.

The Sooners’ rebuilding project had a victory that went well beyond the foundation phase.

“Any time you beat Kansas, you feel very good about it. I’m most happy for the players and the fans,” OU coach Lon Kruger said. “Spontaneous celebrations are hard to put a value on.”

Saturday, it seemed priceless.

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