It took Oklahoma basketball nearly six minutes to score their first points 24 hours earlier, but on Tuesday against longtime conference rival Missouri the Sooners tallied 23 points over the same length of time.
The Sooners (6-1) jumped out to a 15-3 advantage in the early going against Mizzou, unlike a day earlier against Stanford when they found themselves down 17-0 before they knew what hit them. Behind Austin Reeves’ 19 points, Oklahoma never trailed against the Tigers, winding up with a 77-66 victory in the third-place game of the Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City, Missouri.
Tuesday night’s win over OU’s longtime conference foe was almost a complete reversal over its 19-point loss, the Sooners’ first of the season, on Monday to Stanford, which fell to Butler in the HOF championship game.
Four key facts and figures from Oklahoma’s win over Missouri:
- Four the second straight game, Austin Reeves led the Sooners in scoring, with 19 points and 10 rebounds.
- Oklahoma shot much better in the Missouri game than it did against Stanford. The Sooners shot 47 percent from the floor (38 percent versus Stanford) and were 15 of 18 from the free-throw line (just 31 percent, 4 of 13, the night before).
- Oklahoma had four players in double figures in the scoring column Tuesday night (Reeves with 19; Brady Manek with 17; Kristian Doolittle, 14; and Alondes Williams, 12).
- The Sooners had gotten off to slow starts in virtually all of their previous six games before Tuesday. Not this time, though. Oklahoma produced runs of 11-0 and 9-0 in the opening half against Missouri and led at halftime (41-29) for just the second time this season.
Oklahoma is off for nine days. The Sooners’ next action will be Dec. 5 at North Texas.