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Oklahoma Wins 101-91 Over Tulsa | Jordan Woodard Stars As Ryan Spangler Suffers Injury

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Much of the coverage concerning tonight's game centered around the Woodard brother, James and Jordan. The duo would be playing on opposite ends of the court for the first time as Jordan put up career numbers helping the Sooners to a

The Oklahoma Sooners started the game by making it clear that their intent was to attack the rim against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane. Led by Cameron Clark and join by Jordan Woodard, the Sooners looked well on their way to victory. The effort paid off as Lon Kruger and his squad found themselves at the charity stripe early and often. At the close of the first half, Woodard had attempted 10 of the Sooners 18 free throws.

However, the tides quickly changed as Ryan Spangler suffered an injury to his calf. At that point, the entire identity of Oklahoma changed as they searched for a rallying point. Now looking elsewhere to find a physical presence, OU left a window of opportunity.

Tulsa took advantage. The Golden Hurricane mounted a 13-4 run before intermission to cut their deficit significantly. Much of the thanks should be given to the shooting behind the arc. Tulsa connected on 53.8% of their shots from range to keep this game close. Going into the break the Sooners led 40-38.

In the second half, it took Kruger a few minutes to find a line up that worked. Success struck as Tyler Neal entered the game after riding the pine due to foul trouble. In 11 minutes, Neal recorded 9 points behind a big three ball that he followed up with a tip in. The easy bucket pushed Oklahoma's lead back up to double digits. Without a single point in the first half off the bench, Neal's involvement was a welcomed sight.

Looking for someone to take over in the second, Buddy Hield proved to be up to the challenge.

At the end of 40-minutes, the Oklahoma Sooners got the production they needed off the bench in the absence of Spangler.

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The Good

Without their most physical presence, the Oklahoma Sooners were still able to find a way to get it done. Not only did the team as a whole step up, Tyler Neal looked like he was more than capable of being a starter. He is versatile player with the ability to play inside and out. This outing marked a statement game by Neal who will be looking to make a case for more minutes. Even without Spangler for the second half, the Sooners posted a +11 rebound margin.

Once again, you have to like the attack mentality of this squad on the whole. However, it is the fact that OU is able to play tough defense without committing a plethora of fouls that is applauded. On the night, Oklahoma attempted 48 free throws to their opponents 30.

The Bad

Already down a combo guard in Je'lon Hornbeak, the Sooners may be without Ryan Spangler as well. During the duration of the game Spangler was in and out as his calf was being worked on or taped. He clearly favored one foot over the other after the injury in the attempt to persevere. Now, there is the potential that OU could be without Spangler just before getting into conference play. Stay tuned as an announcement should be made in the coming days if not later this evening.

Top Performers

Oklahoma Sooners: There is no doubt that Jordan Woodard earned himself player of the game honors. With a career highs of 24 points and 8 assists, this freshman guard tied a school record with 22 free throw attempts. Great things are in store for this program as Woodard is quickly becoming a star and fan favorite.

The Sooners had four other players finish with double digit scoring figures: Buddy Hield (23), Cameron Clark (15), Isaiah Cousins (15), Tyler Neal (12).

Tulsa Golden Hurricane: James Woodard led Tulsa in scoring with 19 points as was expected. However, it may have been Pat Swilling Jr. who stole the show. Coming off the bench, Swilling connected on 5-of-9 three point attempts and finished with 17 points.

The only other player for Tulsa to finish with double digits in scoring was Shaquille Harrison with his own 17 points.

Up Next

The Oklahoma Sooners will continue their home stand against the Texas-Arlington Mavericks on December 17th at 7:00 PM CST.