After losing Jordan Woodard for the remainder of the season, the Oklahoma Sooners moved forward looking toward other experienced players to lead the charge. Answering the call, Jamuni McNeace led the team into battle against the Texas Longhorns. Hoping to end a seven game skid, McNeace carried the weight. Recording a career high 14 points to go alongside 14 rebounds, the Sooners delivered a 70-66 win on Valentine’s Day.
The effort marks the first career double-double for the redshirt sophomore allowing Oklahoma to secure a third conference win. Not to distract of the center’s career night, the Sooners turned a corner with 4:28 left to play. Utilizing a 10-1 run, the crimson and cream seized control of the game 65-57. Although OU turned the ball over twice in the final minute of play, the Sooners never quit on the defensive end.
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However, the most impressive performance of the night may belong to Longhorn Head Coach, Shaka Smart.
Walking back to the bench, Coach Smart passed by Woodard. Out of the corner of his eye, the coach must have noticed the senior in warm-ups instead of a uniform. Stopping, turning around and walking over to Woodard, the Texas Head Coach embraced a foe in the heat of a rivalry while congratulating Woodard on an excellent college career.