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OU Hoops: Northern Iowa Fights Back To Beat Oklahoma 73-67 in OT

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Klint Carlson scored 22 points and ignited a second-half rally that carried Northern Iowa to a 73-67 overtime win over Oklahoma on Friday night in the winner's bracket of the Tire Pros Invitational.

Jeremy Morgan scored 17 points and Jordan Ashton had 13 for the Panthers (3-0), who rallied from an 18-point second half deficit to win.

Jordan Woodard and Kristian Doolittle had 13 points apiece for Oklahoma (1-2), which had only one field goal in the final 11 minutes of regulation. Khadeem Lattin and Rashard Odomes contributed 11 points each.

Carlson, who had 18 points in the second half and overtime, nailed a 3-pointer from straight on to break a 64-all tie with 42.9 seconds left in overtime. The Panthers added two free throws to go ahead 69-64 before Woodard nailed a 3-pointer to make it a 69-67 game with 8.8 seconds to go.

Morgan iced the game with four free throws in the final six seconds.

UNI made five 3-pointers during a 26-5 run that erased an 18-point deficit in the second half. Carlson made three of the bombs, including the one that put UNI ahead 57-54 with 52 seconds left in the game.

The Panthers pushed the edge to 59-54 with 27 seconds left in regulation before Sooners' forward Khadeem Lattin made two free throws and Doolittle hit a game-tying 3-pointer with 12.6 seconds left.

Ashton was off with a 3-pointer to win the game for UNI at the buzzer.

Oklahoma had used it size and strength advantage to build an 18-point lead with just under 15 minutes left in the game. The Sooners were winning the battle around the basket with Odomes and Doolittle and got a pair of 3-pointers from point guard Jordan Woodard to go up 43-25.

Northern Iowa, which had misfired from inside and out for the first 25 minutes, finally showed some sign of life. Bennett Koch made three straight layups inside and suddenly the perimeter opened up for Panthers' shooters.

Oklahoma used runs of 8-0 and 9-0 to roll to a 31-18 halftime advantage. James hit a couple of 3-pointers on his way to nine first half points and Doolittle bulled his way inside for six points, while NIU continued flailing offensively.


Northern Iowa committed five turnovers and hit only three of its first 15 shots against Oklahoma. The Panthers shot 25.9 percent (7 of 27) for the first half, trailing 31-18. UNI came into the game shooting 51.8 percent and averaging just 11.5 turnovers a game.


Northern Iowa plays Xavier Sunday night in the championship game of the tournament.

Oklahoma will take on Clemson for third-place Sunday afternoon.

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