NORMAN, Okla. – Oklahoma shot 36 percent from the field. It missed 17 free throws. It only had six assists against 14 turnovers.
But the Sooners won. Somehow. Paced by Rashard Odomes and Jordan Woodard, OU was able to show just enough life and energy in a 72-64 victory against visiting Abilene Christian University on Friday afternoon.
Odomes was basically non-existent in the first half but scored 11 of his 13 points in the second half as OU had to overcome a 30-26 halftime deficit.
“We came back with a little bit better energy in the second half,” coach Lon Kruger said. “We didn’t have the number of good possessions we needed to have in a ballgame.
“There was a lot to learn from that one. Credit Abilene Christian for how they played and how hard they played. Hopefully, it got our attention a little bit.”
With a team full of this many playmakers, the six assists seems to be nearly implausible, but the Sooners simply had no rhythm against ACU.
So when things go bad, it’s best to just let your leaders carry you home. That’s exactly what Woodard did with 16 points, four rebounds and three steals in 31 minutes. He was the only player for OU to play more than 30 minutes, and Kruger needed his leadership.
OU was 11-of-22 from the foul line in the first half but did respond by hitting 18 of 23 in the second half to guarantee the Sooners wouldn’t suffer their second loss of the season.
Junior Khadeem Lattin had nine points and nine rebounds but no other OU player was in double figures besides Woodard and Odomes.