The #25 Florida Gators (16-5, 5-2 away) swamped the Sooners in this year’s Big 12-SEC Challenge to give Oklahoma (8-12, 5-5 home) their first loss in the series (3-1.)
Oklahoma had a chance in the opening 10 minutes, leading 20-18 at one point. The Sooners tried to establish distance with a better club but went cold from the field. Overall the Gators held the Sooners to 27.7% from the field.
Florida continued to pull away from Oklahoma in the second half. Lon Kruger’s squad got within 12 at one point but never posed a threat after.
It was the underclassmen again who carried OU as Senior Jordan Woodard went 0-7 and scoreless. His time was very limited in the second half. Woodard leads the team with 17 PPG on the year.
Kruger said in postgame comments that Woodard felt dizzy in the second half and couldn’t get anything going.
Sophomore Rashard Odomes scored 13 points to lead the way, while Freshman Kameron McGusty added 10 to the effort.
Florida was led by Senior Guard Canyon Barry with 15 points and 5 boards.
If there as any positive to be taken from this it’s that this was a rare non-conference bout late in the season.
Unfortunately OU will return to action hosting arch-rival Oklahoma State Monday night for Big Monday at 8 PM.
OSU is on a 3 game winning streak, including a 99-71 trouncing of Arkansas in Stillwater.
The two teams are currently tied with Texas at 7th in the Big 12 standings.