Norman, Okla: The Sooners overcome Missouri State 89-72 moving them to the second round of the NIT.
Oklahoma was coming into this game fresh off the disappointment of barely missing the NCAA Tournament.
Porter Moser mentioned they had a choice. They could choose to show the committee they were wrong to leave out the Sooners.
The choice was theres and Oklahoma clearly decided they were out to prove the committee wrong.
Keeping the turnovers to a minimum and shooting efficiently from the field and perimeter led the Sooners to victory.
Oklahoma only recorded nine turnovers over the course of the game which was a key to their triumph.
Tanner Groves and Umoja Gibson made back-to-back threes with 1:39 left in the first to give the Sooners a seven point lead.
Yet Isiaih Mosley had an answer and sunk a three-pointer of his own. Oklahoma had a difficult time stopping Mosley, in the first half Mosley had 22 points on nine-of-15 from the field.
Mosley muscled his way to every shot. Althouh Gibson was not about to allow Mosley to out-shoot him in his own backyard.
With his signature swish, Gibson made a shot from behind the arc giving the Sooners a 47-41 lead at the half.
Gibson was not the only player shooting well for Oklahoma, making it a team effort the Sooners shot 58 percent from the field and 67 from the perimeter.
While Oklahoma could not stop Mosley in the first, he did not get much in the second. Mosley only scored six points in the second half which gave him 28 points and ten rebounds to finish the game.
Thanks to Gibson’s great perimeter shooting with Groves and Jordan Goldwire’s efficiency the Sooners extended their lead to 17.
This allowed Moser to give his starting five some rest and the bench was able to contribute positively. Oklahoma’s bench out-Scored Missouri State’s 24-to-13.
The Sooners did not lift their foot off the gas until the last three minutes, but it was too late for Missouri State to muster a come back.
Oklahoma finished the game out 89-72 with Gibson leading the Sooners with 28 points on five-of-ten shooting from behind the arc.
Jordan Goldwire also finished in double figures with 15 points on seven-of-11 shooting from the field.
Heading forward into the second round of the NIT, Oklahoma has another chance to prove the committee wrong.