The MGM Showcase played witness to a top 25 match-up as the No. 16 Washington Huskies held on to beat the No. 15 Oklahoma Sooners by a slim margin, 69-67.
At the onset of the game, Washington caught fire from beyond the arm knocking down shot after shot. Shooting 50% (5-of-10) from three point land, the Huskies jumped out to an early 37-17 with the help of Mike Anderson and Donaven Dorsey. Quickly, frustration set in for their opponent evidenced by a flagrant 1 call against an opposing guard.
With a rocky start and a steep mountain to climb, the losing side could have easily conceded the battle at that point. Of course, the other option remains to prove worthy and to battle. That's exactly what the Sooners did closing the gap to thirteen points just before halftime.
Ryan Spangler and Isaiah Cousins led Oklahoma with 17 points a piece as the Sooners edged closer. Behind a three-point jumper at the 9:27 mark, the deficit was cut to three as Lon Kruger and his club found themselves with a legitimate shot to win this game.
In the closing seconds Buddy Hield eyed the basket from beyond the arc. Letting it fly, a potential game tying score missed leading the Sooners to foul Robert Upshaw, Washington's worst free throw shooter. Missing both attempts, Oklahoma collected the rebound and capitalized on the other end of the floor with a layup. Unfortunately, the effort proved to be too little too late as the comeback fell short.