ORLANDO, Fla. – This time around Oklahoma had Christian James to make sure another collapse wouldn’t occur.
James scored 14 of his 17 points in the second half to help the Sooners to a 70-64 win against Clemson in the third-place game of the TirePros Invitational.
You knew Sunday was going to be an intriguing day for the Sooners coming off an overtime loss to Northern Iowa on Friday evening.
In that game, Lon Kruger’s crew blew an 18-point lead and was dangerously close to doing the same thing against the Tigers.
OU led 47-29 at the under 12 media timeout only to see Clemson narrow the gap to 58-56. But that’s when James and point guard Jordan Woodard stepped it up.
James was a perfect 5-of-5 on his 3-point field goal attempts, while Woodard had big bounce back game with 21 points and nine assists.
James carried the day in the second half after freshman Kameron McGusty showed signs of life in the first half.
The most highly touted recruit in the Kruger era started to show why against Clemson. McGusty was 6-of-8 shooting from the floor on his way to 14 points and two steals.
Though not the strongest offensive game from power forward Khadeem Lattin, he did make a couple of big buckets down the stretch to score 10 points to go with four rebounds, two blocks and two steals.
Redshirt sophomore Dante Buford, fresh off his three-game suspension, did play but didn’t score in his initial appearance of the season.
The tournament was definitely a learning experience for the Sooners as OU takes a 3-1 record into a home game Friday afternoon.