At the onset of the game, the Oklahoma Sooners appeared to overpower the Doug McDermott-less Creighton Bluejays. Continuing to fight with the sell-out home crowd behind them, the Bluejays eliminated an 18-point deficit. Eventually, the student section stormed the court as Creighton upset the No. 18 Sooners 65-63.
Scoring the first seven points of the game, Buddy Hield continued to shoot the ball well. However, it was the defense that kept the opponent off balance. Allowing 6-of-25 shooting (24%) from the field, Oklahoma forced their opponent to create free throw opportunities in order to stay in this game. By half time, the Sooners boosted their lead to 35-24.
In the game of basketball, momentum swings happen in a moments notice and Wednesday night's match-up was no different. Isaiah Zeirden connected on a deep ball to spark a 24-4 run as the potential to increase the Bluejays home winning streak became a reality. Creighton has now won 21 consecutive games inside CenturyLink Center proving that Omaha may be one of the toughest places to play in the nation.
Needless to say, Oklahoma wasn't able to create turnovers at the pace they have been able to in the past. Creighton finished the game with a mere 9 turnovers to which the Sooners' collected 11 points off of. That stat alone may be the reason the game goes down as a loss instead of a win.
Battling back and forth, Zach Hanson scored the go-ahead points after Devin Brooks' air-ball dropped into his hands with 49 seconds on the clock. After the game, Hanson contended the impression of the fans saying the "air-ball" was actually a pass.
Pushing the lead to four points, Austin Chatman drained a pair of free throws. Yet, the window remained open for Oklahoma to pull this game out as Brooks missed three consecutive attempts from the charity stripe. The game was over as Jordan Woodard fired up a desperation three pointers that missed at the buzzer and the rest was history.
Buddy Hield - 21 Points | TaShawn Thomas - 14 Points
Ryan Spangler - 11 Rebounds
Jordan Woodard - 4 Assists | Buddy Hield - 4 Assists
Austin Chatman - 17 Points
Austin Chatman - 11 Rebounds
Austin Chatman - 6 Assists