College basketball: Washington State’s early success evaporated in a second-half collapse that broke a two-game winning streak Thursday night in the 76 Classic.
Oklahoma dominated the Cougars in the second half and rallied for a 74-59 victory at the Anaheim Convention Center.
WSU (2-2) will face New Mexico at 6:30 p.m. tonight after committing a season-worst 22 turnovers for the game and shooting just 22.2 percent in the second half.
The Sooners (3-0) convereted those turnovers into 22 points.
Brock Motum led the Cougars with 13 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Faisal Aden added 12 points.
In the first half, WSU rallied to build a lead, lost it, then regained it at halftime on a dramatic shot.
The Cougars used a 13-2 surge to turn a 10-7 deficit into a 20-12 advantage with 12:24 left in the first half. WSU’s defense forced four turnovers and kept Oklahoma from scoring a basket for six minutes.
But Calvin Newton scored eight points and Cameron Clark added seven during a 17-8 spree that put the Sooners ahead, 29-28, with 4:47 before halftime.
However, Marcus Capers converted a 3-point shot from 60 feet as time expired, and WSU had a 40-38 halftime lead.
When the Cougars held a 48-47 advantage, Oklahoma took command. Newell scored 10 points in less than five minutes as the Sooners moved ahead, 60-50.
Meanwhile, WSU scored only two points in a span of 7:08.
Gonzaga will return to Orlando
Basketball: Gonzaga University will join seven other teams for the 2012 Old Spice Classic Nov. 22-25 at the HP Field House at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Fla.
The field will also include Vanderbilt, Clemson, Davidson, Oklahoma, Texas at El Paso, Marist and West Virginia.
Gonzaga won the event in 2008.
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