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Oklahoma escapes in Denton, beats North Texas 82-80

Oklahoma escapes in Denton, beats North Texas 82-80

DENTON- The Oklahoma Sooners escaped Texas with a narrow 82-80 victory over the North Texas Mean Green.

With the victory, Lon Kruger’s team moved to 7-1 on the season. 

Here are three takeaways from the game:

 

Dooing it all:

Kristian Doolittle took over the game down the stretch and willed the Sooners to a victory. 

Capped off by a go-ahead three with 14 seconds left, Doolittle led all scorers with 28 points. Even more impressive, Doolittle shot 73 percent from the field and a perfect 3-of-3 from behind the arc. 

Doolittle also helped the Sooners on the glass, adding seven rebounds on the evening.

Though Austin Reaves finished with 22 points, he did not have a good night shooting from the floor. Doolittle was able to pick up the slack and power his team to victory. 

Defense still needs work:

Though they forced key turnovers down the stretch, the Sooners were far from good on the defensive end of the floor. 

This has been a trend in almost every first half this season, and it plagued Oklahoma well into the second half against North Texas. 

Too often the Sooners over rotated, leaving shooters to wide open looks from deep. As a result, North Texas looked comfortable shooting the ball for most of the night, as they shot 52 percent from the field in the first half. 

Oklahoma was again out rebounded as well, leading to nine easy second chance points for the Mean Green. 

 

Reaves found other ways to score:

Entering the game as Oklahoma’s leading scorer, Reaves had to find other ways to contribute against North Texas. 

Twelve of Reaves’ points came from the charity stripe. His jump shot wasn’t falling, but Reaves managed to get to the free throw line 14 times. 

Reaves also added six rebounds and an assist in his 38 minutes of action. 

 

The road trip continues for Oklahoma as they will visit Reaves’ old school, Wichita State, on Dec. 14. The matchup with the Shockers will be the fourth game of Oklahoma’s five game road trip, spanning a month. 

The game will air on ESPN2 at 5 p.m. 

 

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Ryan Chapman is a journalism student at OCCC. Chapman has covered the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Oklahoma City Energy, and Oklahoma Sooners athletics. Chapman is also the co-host of the Sideline Warning Podcast, which can be found on Apple Podcasts and SoundCloud. Chapman has also served as the editor for the OCCC Pioneer.

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