It took a while for the Oklahoma Sooners to gain some separation from Houston Baptist, but Lon Kruger’s team eventually began to put on a show and win going away. The 84-65 victory is OU’s final game before it begins a streak of four consecutive Big 12 games against current top-15 teams.
Houston Baptist, which entered and a 33.5-point underdog, trailed the Sooners 38-35 at the half and actually held a 47-46 lead with just over 16 minutes left in the game. Fortunately, Oklahoma’s athleticism began to win the day, and what ensued next closely resembled a dunk contest.
Point guard Austin Reaves led the way for the Sooners with 15 points on 4/7 shooting while also dishing out five assists. Brady Manek (13), Victor Iwuakor (12) and Alondes Williams also recorded double-figure scoring nights, while De’Vion Harmon added eight of his own.
Up next for the Sooners is a Tuesday home clash against the No. 14 Texas Tech Red Raiders, which tips off at 6 p.m. CT on ESPN2. OU then hosts No. 8 West Virginia (Sat. Jan. 2) before hitting the road for games against No. 2 Baylor and No. 5 Kansas. I’ll be pretty content if Oklahoma can win one of these four games. Two wins would put me over the moon.