After going over the century mark in each of its first two games, the men’s Oklahoma basketball team was held to just 83 on Thanksgiving Day in a 92-83 loss to Arkansas.
The Sooners shot 51 percent in the opening half in the PK89 holiday tournament in Portland, Oregon, but cooled off in the second, as Arkansas stretched a 50-45 halftime advantage to nine points by game’s end. Oklahoma shot just 41 percent in the second half and 46 percent for the game.
Freshman point guard Trae Young led the Oklahoma scoring attack for a third consecutive game with 28 points, including four of the Sooners’ eight treys in the game. Christian James added 13 points, and Khadeem Lattin has 10 points to go along with a game-high10 rebounds.
Arkansas had four players in double digits in the scoring column, led by Daryl Macon with a season-high 27 points, including six treys in eight attempt. Jaylon Barford had 19 for the Razorbacks, Anton Beard 14 and Daniel Gafford 13 off the bench.
Oklahoma made 6 of 17 three-point attempts in the first half, but missed its first six shots from long range in the second half, making just 2 of 12 three-pointers in the final 20 minutes.
The Sooners led just once in the game, for a total of just 34 seconds early in the opening half. The game was tied twice midway through the second half, but that was a close as Oklahoma would get as Arkansas slowly stretched out its advantage over the final three minutes of the contest.
The loss was OU’s first after two wins to begin the season. Arkansas remained perfect on the year at 4-0 and moves on to face North Carolina in the winners bracket of the tournament. Oklahoma will play Portland next, on Friday.