MBB Final: Oklahoma 63, TCU 35

David Godbold scores 15 and OU's defense held TCU to just 12 second-half points in Saturday's win.

Norman, OK - David Godbold scored 13 of his game-high 15 points in the second half, leading Oklahoma to a 63-35 victory over TCU Saturday afternoon. Godbold hit three 3-point baskets and added a team-high seven rebounds and three steals as the Sooners held TCU to just 12 points in the second half.

Oklahoma had led by as many as 13 in the first half and carried a 32-23 lead into intermission, but a six-minute scoring drought by the Sooners allowed TCU to pull within five at 32-27 in the first two minutes of the second half. Godbold then went to work, hitting back-to-back three pointers as part of an 8-0 Oklahoma run that extended the lead back to 13 at the 12:38 mark. TCU never got any closer than 11 points after that.

The Oklahoma run came after coach Jeff Capel took a timeout to chastise his team about their lack of intensity.

"I didn't think we were playing with any passion, any effort", said Capel. "They were beating us to offensive rebounds, they were getting the loose balls, we were very lackadaisical on the offensive end. I just expressed my displeasure with the way we were playing. Of course I did it in a much different tone and there may have been some different things that I said."

Godbold, a 6-5 junior, had another flurry late in the game to seal the victory, hitting consecutive baskets as part of 13 straight Oklahoma points that pushed the lead to 30 points. After the game, he was more excited about the Sooners defensive effort.

"That's what we've been working on in practice for the last five days is ‘defense, defense, defense'," said Godbold. "It had to come for us or we would be doing it more in practice. So we're glad it came today."

TCU contributed to their downfall by committing 21 turnovers that led to 29 points for the Sooners. The Horned Frogs hit only two-of-13 three point shots, while Oklahoma converted six-of-12.

"I think you could see that our players were getting frustrated", said TCU coach Neil Dougherty. "We did some things that gave us a chance early in the second half, but then we stopped doing it."

Four other Oklahoma players scored in double figures. Austin Johnson and Michael Neal each had 11 and Nate Carter and Longar Longar added 10 apiece. Alvardo Parker led TCU, coming off the bench to score 11 points, while Kevin Langford added 10.

With the victory, Oklahoma is now 4-2 on the season, while TCU falls to 4-3. Oklahoma will host Villanova on Wednesday night, while TCU's next contest will be at UT-San Antonio.

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