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Oklahoma Breaks Losing Skid as Woodard Returns to Starting Lineup

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Oklahoma Breaks Losing Skid as Woodard Returns to Starting Lineup

The Sooners broke their cold streak on an icy night in Norman against Texas Tech, winning 84-75 against the Red Raiders. This breaks a seven-game losing skid and also marks OU’s first conference victory.

All things told, there wasn’t a lot to separate the two teams in the box score besides rebounding, and that’s where Oklahoma won this game–they out-rebounded Texas Tech 39 to 27, including seven more offensive rebounds than Tech.

Jordan Woodard was the leading scorer for the Sooners in his return to the starting lineup after coming off the bench in return from his injury. Woodard scored 27 points, 18 of them coming in the second half. Woodard also added seven rebounds, three assists, and three steals on the night.

“It’s really hard to stay in front of Woodard. He’s one of the best players in the Big 12,” said Tech coach Chris Beard. “I have so much respect for him, coming back from an injury like that. It was obvious to me that he wasn’t going to let his team lose tonight.”

Although Woodard led the way in scoring when all was said and done, Odomes was the Sooners’ most efficient and aggressive scorer, consistently getting to the rim and drawing contact. Odomes scored a career-high 24 points, doing most of his work in the first half. Odomes shot 9-14, also adding eight rebounds and four assists.

A fatal run has been the Sooners’ achilles heel, and that’t generally the way of a young team. That didn’t happen this game, though. Khadeem Lattin says the young guys are on board too now:

“Yeah, the young guys bought in a few losses ago,” Lattin said smiling. He finished the game with 10 points, six rebounds, two steals, and a block.

Tech’s two leading scorers were Zach Smith and Keenan Evans with 16 apiece. Smith also added eight rebounds.

OU improves to 7-9 (1-4 conference), while Texas Tech falls to 13-4 (2-3 conference). Oklahoma plays West Virginia in Morgantown on Wednesday night.

 

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