WICHITA- No King or Queen was crowned, but there was a homecoming in Wichita.
Austin Reaves returned to face his former team, entering the matchup as the leading scorer for his current squad.
In front of a raucous crowd, Reaves’ return home was spoiled as the Oklahoma Sooners fell to the Wichita State Shockers 80-75.
Here are a few takeaways from the game:
A Tale of Two Halves
Wichita State flipped the script on Oklahoma at halftime.
In the first half, while both teams struggled to shoot from the floor, the Shockers seemed content to try and beat the Sooners from deep.
Trailing by four at the half, the Shockers decided to rely on their size advantage inside to claw them back into the game. After only scoring 10 points in the paint in the first half, Wichita State closed the game with 24 second half points in the paint.
The adjusted game plan paid dividends when the Shockers went on a 12-0 run in the middle of the second half, taking the lead and never looking back.
The Shockers ultimately out rebounded the Sooners by 17 rebounds, topping Oklahoma in second chance points and dominating in the paint.
Harmon Stepped Back Into the Limelight
De’Vion Harmon has produced in different ways for the Sooners this season. After scoring 23 points in the season opener, Harmon took his turn running the offense and allowing his teammates to grab headlines making the big shots.
In the second half against Wichita State, Harmon nailed three wide open jumpers from deep while scoring 11 straight points to give the Sooners their biggest lead of the night.
If Harmon can continue to shoot at a high level, the Sooners have four realistic scoring options any trip down the floor, which would give opposing defenses headaches.
— Ryan Chapman (@RadiosRyan) December 15, 2019
Doolittle Excellent Again
Kristian Doolittle built on his dominating performance against North Texas with another good night for the Sooners.
Despite another slow start, missing his first four shots, Doolittle finished with 22 points on 8-of-22 shooting. He also showed off his range, nailing multiple shots from behind the NBA three point line in a 4-of-7 performance from deep.
Not only was he an offensive spark when few shots were falling in the first half, Doolittle was Oklahoma’s best rebounder on the evening, an area the Sooners have struggled with all season.
Reaves Struggles in Return
Outside of hitting a pair of three point shots in the final minute of the game, Reaves shot 0-of-6 from deep on the evening.
Reaves had a pair of poor possessions for the Sooners in the midst of the Shockers 12-0 win that turned the tide of the game.
He appeared to press and force up two contested three’s with plenty of time on the shot clock, giving the Sooners empty trips when they needed to kill the run.
Reaves and the Sooners will have to bounce back Tuesday in their final road game of the month against Creighton.
The game will tip off at 7:30 p.m. on FS1.