Norman, OK—The Oklahoma Sooners came out on top in a fight between two Top 25 Big 12 teams. OU traded blows all night with the Horned Frogs with Kristian Doolittle landing the knockout punch with just 3 seconds to go.
Doolittle drove to the right side from the top of the key, stopped on a dime and hit a 6-footer with 3.2 seconds left to put the Sooners in the lead for good. Doolittle’s performance against the Horned Frogs was the best of his career. Doolittle led the Sooners in points and rebounds with a 24 and 10 effort.
His performance comes as somewhat of a surprise for the Sooners. Doolittle has shown immense growth from last season and continues to grow with each game.
“I was just aggressive… I was just playing within the offense.” Doolittle said postgame.
Down 43-37 at the half, Lon Kruger had a message for his team. “We have to be aggressive, it’s our building… They were too comfortable in the first half.”
The Sooners responded well to that message, limiting TCU to 26% from the field in the second half.
Outside of Doolittle, Oklahoma had great contributions from Brady Manek, Aaron Calixte, and Christian James.
Manek came up big in the paint with four blocks. Offensively Manek kept the Horned Frogs hone
st, shooting 2-5 from three.
Aaron Calixte showed to be useful on both ends of the floor with 12 points, 4 assists and forcing passes. Calixte and Miles Reynolds held the Big 12 assists leader, Alex Robinson to just 4 assists.
Christian James was the emotional leader for Oklahoma. He showed fiery play just when the Sooners and the Lloyd Noble Center needed it most. Along with 15 points, James led the team with 4 steals and 4 assists.
Oklahoma kicked the shooting skid they were on in Big 12 play. OU was 49% from the field and 33% from behind the arc. The Sooners took a step in the right direction after shooting 32% against Texas Tech and 36% against Oklahoma State.
Oklahoma improves to 13-3 (2-2) on the season. Their win over TCU marks their first win over a top 25 team this season.
The Sooners take on Lon Kruger’s alma mater Kansas State 6 PM Wednesday, January 16 at the Lloyd Noble Center.