NORMAN, Okla. – Thirty-eight days. It feels like an eternity in a college basketball season, but it’s what Oklahoma just went through between wins.
Led by sophomore Rashard Odomes in the first half and senior Jordan Woodard in the second half, the Sooners got back on track in an 84-75 victory against visiting Texas Tech on Saturday evening at Lloyd Noble Center to snap a seven-game losing streak.
Odomes scored 17 of his career-high 24 points in the first half and set the tone early and often for OU. Instead of settling for outside jumpers, Odomes continued to attack the rim.
And when OU went into a bit of funk in the second half as the lead dipped down to 57-53, it was Woodard who led the charge to guarantee OU’s losing streak would stop at seven.
Woodard scored 18 of OU’s final 27 points and was a perfect 14-of-14 from the free throw line to give OU its first victory in Big 12 conference action.
“Couldn’t be happier for these guys," coach Lon Kruger said. "They’ve hung in there and continued to work at it. When you’re not winning games, it’s hard to maintain the positive approach they’ve maintained. Their effort has been great. They’ve continued to get better. It’s great to see them rewarded with a win tonight over a very good Tech club."
After missing four straight games, Woodard returned in OU’s 81-70 loss to Kansas on Tuesday evening and was completely back to normal against the Red Raiders. Woodard played 34 minutes and returned to the starting lineup.
Woodard also had seven rebounds, three assists and three steals. Odomes completed his outing with eight rebounds and four assists in 35 minutes.
"Ro being a locomotive helps a lot," Khadeem Lattin said. "Just him on the attack puts a lot of teams on their heels. We love that about him. We love his energy and aggressiveness. It’s just Ro."
OU led 41-35 at halftime and was able to begin strong in the final 20 minutes because of Kameron McGusty. The freshman led the team at 13.3 points per game in conference action and scored all 10 of his points in the second half.
Khadeem Lattin was efficient with 10 points and six rebounds, while Kristian Doolittle came off the bench for eight points and five rebounds.
OU is now 7-9 overall and 1-4 in the Big 12. No time to celebrate as the Sooners head to Morgantown to take on No. 10 West Virginia on Wednesday evening.