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The Oklahoma Sooners quickly found themselves trailing 7-1 during a home game against the Abilene Christian Wildcats. Tranisitioning from D-II to D-I basketball, the Wildcats hoped to make a statement announcing their arrival before it was official. However, Rashard Odomes and company had a different ending in mind. Holding on until the end, Oklahoma secured the 72-64 victory.
On a poor overall shooting night (36.4%), the Sooners may have been saved by the 32 fouls committed against them. Connecting on 29-of-46 free throw attempts, the opportunities provided a chance to overcome the early deficit.
Jordan Woodard led all scorers with 16 points. Yet, the point guard may have been outdone by Abilene Christian’s Jaylen Franklin if not for an injury. Earning 21 minutes of playing time, Franklin scored 11 points before being sidelined by a knee injury with 14:51 remaining.
From that point on, it appeared as though it was only matter of time before a lead change was made.
Behind an inbound pass off the back of the opposition, Woodard made a spectacle of Hayden Howell capturing the lead for OU. But, others wanted in on the fun. The dunk from Odomes (seen above) was only the beginning of the end for the Wildcats. Energizing the rest of the team, Oklahoma used an 8-0 run to seal the game.
The Sooners now await Northern Colorado on Tuesday in Norman.