The Oklahoma Sooners opened conference play on a four game losing streak. However, the tides turned as Norman played host to the now 13-4 Texas Tech Red Raiders. In front of a home crowd, Lon Kruger secured his first conference win of the year 84-75 over TTU. Forcing a mere 12 turnovers, Oklahoma capitalized behind 16 points off turnovers while also finding a bit of help from the bench.
The change is welcomed after watching the crimson and cream struggle without Jordan Woodard available over a small stretch of games.
Speaking of the senior guard, Woodard poured in a game high 27 points after returning to the starting lineup Saturday evening. In 34 minutes of playing time, the leading scorer on the roster attempted 13 shots from the floor while connecting on six of those. But, it was at the free throw line that Woodard really made the difference. Consistently attacking the rim, the guard refused to miss a shot from the charity stripe going a perfect 14-of-14 from the line.
Helping the cause, Rashard Odomes racked up 24 points of his own. The effort marks the first time this season the Sooners have witnessed two scorers eclipse the 20-point barrier on the same night. Yet, the starting rotation continues to carousel throughout the early portion of conference play. Could Coach Kruger have finally found a winning combination?