A night after suffering their first defeat of the season, the Oklahoma Sooners proved they can bounce back.
The Sooners dispatched the Missouri Tigers 77-66 in their second game from Kansas City. With the win, Oklahoma improved to 6-1 on the season.
Here are a few takeaways from tonight’s victory:
Sooners flip the Script
The story of Oklahoma’s season so far can be boiled down to two words: slow starts.
Last night, Stanford poured in 17 points before the Sooners registered a bucket.
Against Missouri, the young Sooners flipped the script. Oklahoma opened the game on a 15-3 run. Brady Manek drilled three shots from deep during the run as well, setting Oklahoma on track for a good shooting night from three point range.
Missouri grew into the game, cutting the lead down to a single point with 10 minutes left in the second half. Oklahoma closed the game strong though, coasting to a comfortable win in the end.
Cleaning the glass
A key to Oklahoma’s success in the first half was their rebounding advantage.
The Sooners’ struggles early have gone hand in hand with the inability to rebound the ball, and tonight they showed why rebounding is essential. Oklahoma took a seven rebound advantage into the break, and in turn held a 12 point lead at halftime.
Another Road Recap, this evening from the station!
Big bounce back win for a young #Sooners team.
Here are some quick takeaways from the win against Missouri: pic.twitter.com/uVR2zSdot4
— Ryan Chapman (@RadiosRyan) November 27, 2019
More than Austin Reaves
Reaves led the way again for the Sooners, logging a 19 point, 10 rebound double-double.
But the rest of the Oklahoma team provided some backup for Reaves against the Tigers.
The experienced duo of Manek and Kristian Doolittle showed marked improvements from their performance against Stanford.
Manek translated his hot start into a great evening, finishing with 17 points on 5-of-13 shooting.
Doolittle returned to his pre-Stanford form, only missing two shots and adding 14 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists.
Down the stretch, it would be the Sooners’ supporting cast who would close the game though.
Alondes Williams built off his showing from the previous night and scored eight points over the final five minutes of the game. Williams flashed his athleticism as he consistently got to the rim down the stretch, with all eight of his points coming from inside five feet of the basket.
Jamal Bieniemy also added five key points at the end of the game to extend Oklahoma’s lead back to a comfortable margin.
The Sooners will return to action when they travel to play North Texas on Dec. 5. Tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m.