The Oklahoma Sooners traveled to the nation's capitol to take on the George Mason Patriots in the BB&T Classic. Though it was the first meeting between the schools, the setup could not have been more opposite. GM came in with significant experience behind four senior starters while OU is starting just a single upperclassman. After 40 minutes of play, it was the youngsters who prevailed as the Sooners downed the Patriots 81-66.
Jumping out to a quick 6-0 lead on 3-of-4 shooting, Oklahoma continued to push their lead through the first half to 38-28 at the break. However, both teams came out of the locker room cold evidenced by the mere five points in four minutes between the two teams.
Eventually, the Sooners built a 21 point lead only to have it cut to 10 with just under three minutes left to play. Becoming interesting once again, Oklahoma turned up heat defensively to ice the game. With the win, the Sooners improve to 8-1 on the season with their only loss coming to Michigan St.
Setting the tone early, the Sooners put in work on the offensive glass. By the time the first half was coming to a close, OU displayed a 15-1 advantage on second chance points. The final resulted in an 18-9 second chance points advantage over their opponent.
Being a team that plays with speed, forcing turnovers potentially plays a major role in deciding the productivity of the offense. Undeniably, a situation in which a player finds himself without a defender between him and the hoop yields high percentage shots. Oklahoma found themselves with a handful of 1-on-0 situations courtesy of active hands in the passing lanes.
The most telling stat of the game may have been found in rebounds. Oklahoma ripped down a whopping 51 rebounds to George Mason's 29.
After watching the game, there's no doubt that the Sooners struggle with a well deployed press. A slow start that turned into a mini run forced George Mason to alter some tactics. The result was a disruptive full court press producing turnovers out of a trap in the corner. Poor decisions crept up on this young Oklahoma team as the Patriots found a few easy buckets.
Maybe the cold weather was a factor as snow fell in Washington DC. However, the Sooners were ice cold from beyond the arc. It was until the closing seconds that OU put up a three-pointer that found the bottom of the net. Fourtunately for the Sooners hit 50 points from inside the paint behind an attack mentality.
Oklahoma Sooners: Cameron Clark finished the game with yet another high scoring output as a senior. This time he put up 22 points along with 10 rebounds as he led the team to victory.
Ryan Spangler completed yet another double-double as he set the tone on the glass. He would find the bottom of the net for 13 points while pulling down another 13 boards. Buddy Hield matched the feat with his own 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Fans continue to be impressed with Jordan Woodard who seems to be able to get to the rim from anywhere on the floor. His skills netted him 15 points.
The Oklahoma Sooners return home to face an in-state opponent in the Tulsa Golden Hurricane. Look for the game to be played on December 14th.