After winning each of its first four games of its European exhibition tour by at least 18 points, the University of Oklahoma men's basketball team fell in its finale at Evreux on Thursday night, 80-70. Evreux is a Group B member of France's professional National Basketball League.
The Sooners trailed most of the night but rallied in the fourth quarter with an 11-1 run for a 68-63 lead -- their largest of the game -- with 6:10 remaining. But things unraveled from there as they were outscored 17-2 the rest of the way.
OU outrebounded Evreux 40-30 but was outshot 52.6 percent to 43.8. Evreux also attempted more than twice as many free throws (28-12).
"A terrific experience for us," said OU head coach Lon Kruger. "A very good team and a very physical game. We really hadn't had a physical game through the first four. So a lot of lessons to learn from this one and guys will benefit greatly."
Senior guard/forward Cameron Clark led OU in scoring for the fourth time in five games, and registered 15 points and added eight rebounds against Evreux. Clark finished the tour averaging 16.8 points (on .521 shooting) and 7.0 boards.
Joining Clark in double figures were sophomore Ryan Spangler (12) and sophomore Je'lon Hornbeak (11). Senior Tyler Neal and freshman Jordan Woodard netted nine points each, while sophomore Isaiah Cousins added eight and junior D.J. Bennett six.
Spangler pulled down a team-high nine rebounds.