Evanston, IL. — The Oklahoma Sooners defeated the Northwestern Wildcats 76-69 in overtime. The Sooners continued their well-rounded team play as four Sooners ended the game with double-figure points. Once again Oklahoma proved to have playmakers everywhere as the Sooners bench outscored Northwestern’s bench 33 to 12. Not only were the Sooners affective offensively but they gave themselves extra opportunities with 18 offensive rebounds and 52 total boards.
Despite having a poor shooting night, Forward Christian James continued his excellence this season finishing with 12 points (5-21FG) and 9 rebounds in a team-high 43 minutes on the court.
In a homecoming of sorts, Miles Reynolds was his usual self. 11 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists helped the Sooners dictate the outcome. A Chicago native, Reynolds got to play in his hometown for the first time since leaving for college.
The law firm of Doolittle & Odomes had themselves another great performance Friday night. Combining for 27 points the tandem led the way for the second unit. Doolittle had himself a coming out party as he finished with 14 points and 9 rebounds. His toughness and ability to get to the rim gave Oklahoma confidence and the ability to pull away in overtime.
The Sooners knew it would be tough heading into Chicago but were confident they could pull out a win on the road. With the team now 11-1 with their lone loss to Wisconsin in the Bahamas, Oklahoma looks primed to take on the Big 12.
OU will take a break for Christmas and open up conference play at The Phog in Lawrence, Kansas to take on the number one ranked Kansas Jayhawks on January 2. As for the Wildcats, they fall to 8-4 on the year and will close out non-conference play December 30 against Columbia at home.