The Oklahoma Sooners started the game by putting the Florida Gators in a bit of foul trouble. Connecting on 12-of-13 attempts from the free throw line in the opening 20 minutes of play kept things interesting for a bit as the team shot 24% from the floor. However, the performance from beyond the arc proved to be detrimental. Attempting just six shots from three point range, Oklahoma failed to knock a single shot down. Clinging to the idea of forcing Florida to dip into the depth chart, Kevarrius Hayes entered the game along side Canyon Barry.
Not sure that these two could carry the load offensively, the two combined for an unexpected 26 first half points. The effort gave the Gators a firm 43-28 halftime lead. Before the close of the game, Hayes recorded a career-high 20 point outing while Barry finished with 15 of his own. Feeding off the production from the bench players, Florida never relinquished the lead. The result was an extremely comfortable 84-52 win.
Heading into the lockerroom, fans hoped Jordan Woodard would find a bit of a rhythm in the second half after failing to score in the first. Limiting his shots as well as his ability to get to the rim or draw a foul hindered the senior. Shooting a mere seven shots, Woodard ended the game without a point.
Overall the Sooners were held to 27.7% shooting on the afternoon and showcased just how young this team remains. In the midst of the poorest shooting performance this season, Rashard Odomes collected a team high 13 points while Kristian Doolittle pulled down nine rebounds. The only other Oklahoma player to recorded double digits in scoring was Kameron McGusty with 10 points.
The Sooners return to conference play against Oklahoma State on Monday.