Stillwater, OK—The Oklahoma Sooners end their 11-game conference road losing streak against the Oklahoma State Cowboys Wednesday night. Once down 19 points in the first half, OU clawed their way back to a 70-61 win in Gallagher-Iba Arena. The win completes the first regular-season sweep of the Cowboys since the 2015-16 season.
Oklahoma survived the barrage of OSU threes that seemed to never end in the first half. Junior guard, Lindy Waters was nearly automatic from deep in the first half, shooting three of five from behind the arc and finishing the half with 14 points.
Oklahoma trailed 28-9 with 11:15 left in the first half. At halftime, the Sooners cut the lead down to six and took momentum into the locker room. Behind 37-31, Coach Kruger knew he had to keep his team’s spirits up.
The Sooners did just that while keeping their nose to the grindstone. OU did not get their first lead of the night until the 8:05 mark of the second half, relinquishing the lead just twice before pulling away for good with 4:24 left on the clock. The comeback was in large part to True Freshman Guard, Jamal Bieniemy.
As ESPN commentator Fran Fraschilla said during the TV broadcast: “A star is born!”
Bieniemy had himself a Bedlam breakout. His 17-point stellar performance came on the heels of a fantastic effort in a loss to Texas in Austin on Saturday. Against the Longhorns, Bieniemy scored 11 points with three three-pointers late to keep the Sooners in it. Tonight, Bieniemy picked up right where he left off, shooting 100% from the field while leading the charge for the Sooners in their fight back into the game.
Bieniemy was not alone in his efforts as three other Sooners scored double digits.
Rashard Odomes scored 11 points on 4-6 shooting and played a key role on both ends of the court grabbing four rebounds and five assists.
Jamuni McNeace looked like his old self and finally 100% healthy. His 13 point and three rebound effort was a sight for sore eyes.
Brady Manek came into Wednesday’s contest averaging 15.0 points against the Cowboys in his career. Manek finished with his usual 15 points against the Cowboys while also hauling in three rebounds and one assist.
OU survives a scary start to Big 12 play by splitting the Austin and Stillwater road trip. Oklahoma is now 14-5 overall and 3-4 in Big 12 play. After dropping out of the AP Top 25 earlier this week, OU looks to be settling in just as conference play heats up.
Oklahoma will welcome the Vanderbilt Commodores on Saturday as part of the Big 12-SEC challenge.