After a sluggish start in Stillwater, the Oklahoma Sooners came out of the half with a new found intensity. Jordan Woodard led the way with 17 points while three other starters scored in double digits. The boost coming out of the locker room provided Oklahoma with a lead and eventually a 64-56 win.
Three Takeaways For Oklahoma
The Sooners Possess The Ability To Win Close Games
Throughout the season, the Oklahoma Sooners have recorded wins in blowout fashion regardless of the opponent ranking. However, they have also been on the receiving end of a few blowout losses. Heading into tonight, fans were wavered on the ability of the Sooners to win close games. A look back at the season reveals that each game decided by 8 or less points has resulted in a loss. Flipping the script, Oklahoma secured their first win in a game decided by 8 or fewer points.
Lon Kruger Can't Be Predicted
In the closing minutes of the game, one would have predicted Coach Kruger to return to the starting five to carry the team to victory. Instead, the head coached opted to bench Isaiah Cousins in favor of Frank Booker, an unthinkable move for some. Many have touted Cousins as the most underrated player in the league but Kruger stuck to his guns. It's decision like this one, decision that go against the norm, the produce legendary coaches. In the end, Oklahoma got season sweep of the Cowboys and moved to 5-4 in conference play.
Ryan Spangler Does It All
Heralded as one of the best rebounders not only in the conference but in the nation, Ryan Spangler showcased the idea that he is much more than that. On the evening the forward recorded 13 points to go alongside 9 rebounds. Yet, the most surprising stat comes from the career-high 6 assists. Passing has often been attributed to Spangler's cohort in crime, TaSahwn Thomas but things changed against Oklahoma St. The duo will continue to be a force underneath the basket.