Norman, Okla. – The Oklahoma Sooners beat unranked Creighton at Lloyd Noble Center, Tuesday, 83-70. The victory is OU’s tenth of the season. Creighton came into the game shooting lights out from behind the arc (45%). Against the Sooners, the Bluejays were held to 7 of 30 (23%). OU had major point contributions as five Sooners had double-digit points. Brady Manek led the way with 18 points (7-10) and 5 rebounds. Christian James had his fourth consecutive double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Miles Reynolds finished the game with 13 points on 50% shooting. Rashard Odomes and Kristian Doolittle both had huge roles off the bench with both scoring 13 points.
Odomes and Doolittle were electric off the bench not just with their scoring but with their hustle. Plays that could not be attributed to a stat sheet were caused by Odomes and Doolittle all night as they kept Creighton’s shooters at bay.
Jamuni McNeace was efficient in his second game back from injury. He finished with four points and was a nuisance in the post as he had three blocks to his name.
Creighton coach Greg McDermott said after the game that Oklahoma certainly had a role in the poor shooting night the Bluejays endured – “They’re a physical team…they’re tough defensively,”.
OU’s bench contributions were a large reason why the Sooners kept the Bluejays at arm’s length away. Oklahoma outscored Creighton 32-17 off the bench which led to better defensive play on the other side of the court for Kristian Doolittle. “When we’re in attack mode it’s pretty hard to stop us,” Doolittle said.
“They had some open shots that didn’t go down but again I think our defense, in general, sped it up a bit…. [Creighton’s] shooters missed some that they normally make but it was a combination of our defense and them missing” Coach Kruger said after the game when asked about his defense slowing down the red-hot Bluejays.
OU improves to 10-1 on the year and will be looking to close out the semester with a win over the Northwestern Wildcats on Friday, December 21 in Chicago. As for Creighton, they fall to 7-4 and will face the Coe Kohawks on Thursday, December 20 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.