“A tough ball game. I thought both teams fought like crazy in 40 minutes. We had a couple stretches where we had trouble getting some good looks. I thought Wichita State did a terrific job, they’re a really good ball club. Gregg Marshall did a good job, and we’ll learn a lot from them and from the result. We’ve got to get back to work by just taking the good and learning from the less than good to keep getting better. It’s time to do some of that.” – Lon Kruger Opening Statement

“We took the ball to the paint and got a little frantic. We were attacking in pretty good shape, but not really at a pace where we could finish comfortably or make good decisions at the end. We’ve got to be able to attack and still be under control. We need to finish with opportunity and again, Wichita State did a pretty good job defensively. We didn’t handle that as well as we needed to.” – Lon Kruger on Oklahoma’s offense

“They were a team that just played better during the stretch with a latter group. Wichita State travels great, it was a very good crowd. I thought our fans were great and we were doing well, but didn’t finish.” – Lon Kruger on Wichita State

“He had that huge dunk that changed the momentum of the game. He played very well down the stretch for his team.” – Jordan Woodard on WSU’s Dashion Smith

“It was tough. They can kind of broke our rhythm a little bit. I had to start attacking more and going to the rim and try to get my rhythm back. They played great and they’re a hard-nosed, tough team.” – Christian James on getting shots to fall against Wichita State

Game Notes

  • Saturday’s loss was the first time the Sooners failed to win (4-1) at Chesapeake Energy Arena under Lon Kruger.
  • Jordan Woodard  tied a career-high with 28 points, and added seven rebounds, four assists and two steals.
  • Woodard went a perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line, marking just the second time in his career he has shot perfect from the line on a minimum of 10 attempts. The other was against Kansas in 2014.
  • Sophomore guards Christian James and Rashard Odomes recorded their fourth and sixth consecutive games of double-digit scoring.