The Oklahoma Sooners suffered their first loss of the season, getting handled by the Stanford Cardinal 73-54 from Kansas City.
Here are a few takeaways from the game:
Slow starts finally catch up to Oklahoma
The Sooners have crawled off the starting line multiple times this season, but none worse than their start against Stanford. The Cardinal reeled off 17 points before Oklahoma put their first points on the board.
The rest of the first half, Oklahoma tried to claw back in the game. The Sooners were unsuccessful however, closing the gap close to single digits, only for Stanford to extend the lead again.
Nine points would be as close as Oklahoma would get when Kristian Doolittle cut the deficit to 28-19 with five minutes left in the first half.
A moment in the second half was a microcosm for the entire evening.
Brady Manek poked the ball away from a Stanford player, but was unable to control the ball and complete the steal, pushing the ball out of bounds. On the ensuing inbound play, the Cardinal drain a deep three, extending the lead back to 19 points.
Stanford finished off the Sooners down the stretch, flexing their muscles and giving Oklahoma no hope in the end.
Reaves alone not enough
For a majority of the game, the lone bright spot for Oklahoma was Austin Reaves.
Entering the game, Reaves was the Sooners’ leading scorer, and he continued his roll to start the season.
Scoring eight of the first 10 points for Oklahoma, Reaves tried to fire his team back into the game after falling behind by 17.
Reaves finished with 17 points, making 6-of-14 shots. He appears to be finding his deep shot again, draining 2-of-6 from behind the arc.
Doolittle had a rough night, making only 2-of-8 for 4 points.
Alondes Williams came on late for Oklahoma, finishing with 12 points. If the Sooners can get a similar level of production from him on a consistent basis, it will help open up the floor even more for Doolittle and Manek.
Rebounding becoming a problem
Stanford dominated the Sooners on the boards, pulling down 19 more rebounds.
Oklahoma has trailed in rebounding at the half of almost every game this season, but they have been able to make adjustments at halftime and bounce back in the second half.
Tonight, nothing went Oklahoma’s way.
The Sooners will have to clean up their act on the boards headed into the challenging month ahead.
No chance to dwell
Perhaps a good thing for the Sooners, they will be back in action in under 24 hours.
Oklahoma will play the Missouri Tigers in the third place game of the Hall of Fame Classic.
The matchup against former Big 12 foes will tip off at 6 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPNews.