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Oklahoma Sooners Basketball: Austin Reaves leads OU over Missouri, 77-66

For the first time this season, OU came ready to play and finished what it started.

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After getting dominated from start to finish during the opening round of the Hall of Fame Classic, the Oklahoma Sooners bounced back in a big way, cruising to a 77-66 victory over the Missouri Tigers. With the win, OU improves to 6-1 overall on the 2019 season.

Unlike Monday’s start against Stanford, Lon Kruger’s team was firing on all cylinders on Tuesday. In fact, Oklahoma led by as many as 18 points in the first half, with both the offense and defense looking dialed-in.

Fortunately for Mizzou, it was the glorified home team in Kansas City, and with the majority of the crowd behind it, it was able to mount a furious comeback in the second half. The Tigers were able to close the gap to as close as one point midway through the side, but Oklahoma’s lull ended right then and there as the Sooners pushed their lead back up to 13 by the under four-minute timeout.

On the night, Austin Reaves’ 19 points and 10 rebounds led the Sooners for his first double-double of the 2019-20 season. Brady Manek and Kristian Doolittle also came up big for Oklahoma, adding 17 and 14 points of their own, respectively.

Up next, Oklahoma travels to Denton, Texas on Thursday, Dec. 5 to take on the North Texas Mean Green. Last season, the Sooners dominated UNT, 73-57 inside the Lloyd Noble Center. This year’s game is scheduled to tip-off at 7:00 p.m. CT.

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