11/23 16:21 CST No. 18 Oklahoma bounces back from Creighton loss
No. 18 Oklahoma bounces back from Creighton loss
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) --- No. 18 Oklahoma rebounded from its first loss of the
season Sunday as Isaiah Cousins scored 20 points in the Sooners' 90-68 win over
Oklahoma (2-1) came out flat against Northwestern State (2-2) before seizing
control of the game during the final 10 minutes of the first half, extending a
one-point lead to a 50-30 advantage by halftime.
Four other players - Buddy Hield (16), Ryan Spangler (13), Jordan Woodard (13)
and Dinjiyl Walker (13) - scored in double figures for the Sooners, who will
head to the Bahamas later this week to play in the Battle 4 Atlantis
tournament. Oklahoma lost by two to Creighton on Wednesday, 65-63.
Cousins had 15 points, including 3 3-pointers in the first half against the
Demons, and matched his career high for made 3-pointers by hitting 4 of 5.
Zeek Woodley led Northwestern State with 26 points. The Demons crashed the
boards and played scrappy defense, taking advantage of Oklahoma's early
sluggishness. Northwestern State was within 16-15 after Woodley went 1-of-2
from the free-throw line with 10:50 left in the first half.
A 3-pointer by Walker started the Sooners' game-deciding run, in which they
scored 10 straight points in a minute and 47 seconds near the end of the half
to build its lead to 20.
The Demons' 13-2 second-half spurt, capped by a 3-pointer by Marvin Frazier,
put them within 73-61 with 9:04 left. But Walker and Frank Booker answered with
3-pointers for Oklahoma. Frazier finished with 11 points for Northwestern State.
Northwestern State: The Demons started their current road trip Thursday with a
10-0 run in the final 2:19 to escape with an 89-79 win over first-year NAIA
program LSU-Alexandria. Northwestern State's home gym was booked that night by
volleyball teams preparing for the Southland Conference tournament, so coach
Mike McConathy --- who thought his team needed an extra tuneup game --- paid
LSU-Alexandria $4,000 to host the game.
Oklahoma: The Sooners' last win over Northwestern State in November 2012 was
career No. 500 for coach Lon Kruger. The 69-65 nail-biter was the closest
result in the three times the teams have played this decade. Oklahoma leads the
Northwestern State will visit Texas Tech on Tuesday.
Oklahoma will face UCLA on Wednesday in the first round of the Battle 4
Atlantis in the Bahamas.