NORMAN, Okla. – For one half, Oklahoma showed it can play with the best of the best in the nation and in the Big 12.
It’s for that reason OU’s recent slide becomes more and more frustrating with each loss. Following Tuesday’s performance vs. Kansas, the slide is now seven as OU went down 81-70 against the Jayhawks.
The Sooners led 36-27 at halftime, but KU scored the first 13 points of the second half to take control. And leading it all was guard Frank Mason III, who scored 19 of his 28 points after halftime and also connected on 5 of 6 of his 3-point attempts in the game.
The energy was there all night for the Sooners, but the execution just wasn’t. OU shot 37 percent from the floor and missed a lot of chip shots right in front of the rim.
The night was another step forward for freshman Kameron McGusty, who finished tied with Rashard Odomes as the team’s leading scorer with 13 points.
The contest also saw the return of senior guard Jordan Woodard. After missing the last four games, Woodard was cleared to play Tuesday afternoon.
Although his production wasn’t quite there, the spark he gave to the team was definitely felt as OU went on a 22-6 run to end the first half, the majority of it when Woodard was on the floor.
Woodard finished with seven points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals.
It was also the type of performance OU can live with from Khadeem Lattin. The eight points don’t sound spectacular, but he did grab 11 rebounds and had five blocked shots.
The loss puts OU at 6-9 overall and 0-4 in the Big 12. The Sooners return to Lloyd Noble Center vs. Texas Tech on Saturday evening.