Austin, TX—The Oklahoma Sooners drop their fifth game of the season, falling to 2-4 in Big 12 play (13-4 overall). Texas improves to 11-7 overall and 3-3 in conference. Oklahoma played much better than they did Wednesday against Kansas State, but could not get it done on the road.
Christian James led the Sooners with an efficient 20 points. After being held to just five points in the first half, James took charge of the Sooners offense. Unfortunately, James fouled out with 19 seconds left in the game which led to Krisitan Doolittle being the one to take the final shot. James went 7-17 from the floor and made three of his four attempts from downtown, all while grabbing seven boards.
Senior Rashard Odomes and Freshman Jamal Bieniemy tied with 11 points. The duo complemented James well with Bieniemy knocking down clutch threes to keep the Sooners within striking range. Bieniemy played a career-high 36 minutes in his first start.
All five starters for Oklahoma scored nine or more points. After a slow first half (33% FG) the Sooners kicked it in gear after halftime, shooting 55% from the field and making 5 of 10 threes. As a whole, Oklahoma looked more efficient on offense after the debacle that was last Wednesday’s game against K-State. OU made 11 of 13 free throws and turned the ball over just six times. For the first time in Big 12 play, Oklahoma did not beat themselves. Texas simply played better basketball. The Longhorns were more aggressive at getting to the line, shooting 25 foul shots and making 20 of them.
Oklahoma heads North on I-35, Wednesday to face the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Gallagher-Iba Arena. OU desperately needs a win after a sputtering to a near halt to begin Big 12 play. Oklahoma State looks to be a welcome opponent for the Sooners as OSU is down to nine players on their roster after three players were kicked off the team earlier this week. Tip-off is set for 8 PM. ESPNU will have the telecast and Toby Rowland will be on the call on 107.7 FM.