The struggle was real on Saturday as both Oklahoma and Oklahoma State shot below 37% from the floor and below 70% from the free throw line in round one of Bedlam Basketball.
The Sooners overcame 12 turnovers in route to a 74-64 victory that snapped a two-game losing streak to their in-state rivals. The catalysts to Oklahoma’s victory was 36 defensive rebounds to end Oklahoma State possessions.
Christian James pulled down a game-high 11 boards and scored 14 points on the way to his sixth double-double of the season and second in a row. Brady Manek scored 15 points and Kristian Doolittle remained on his hot streak by tying Oklahoma State’s Thomas Dziagwa with a game-high 16 points.
Saturday marked the fourth consecutive game that Doolittle scored in double figures. He’s averaging 13.75 points per game during that span after only averaging just 5.9 points per game through the first ten games of the season.
Dziagwa was 4-of-8 from three-point range and 6-of-12 overall from the floor to pace the Cowboys in scoring. He had little help on the day though as Michael Weathers was the only other OSU player in double figures, scoring 13 points.
Jumping out to a 12-4 lead in the first five minutes of the game, Oklahoma controlled the pace early. Poor shooting, and solid defensive pressure from OSU, finally caught up with them and the Cowboys took a 15-14 lead at the 9:15 mark of the first half on a Maurice Calloo dunk.
Oklahoma State’s lead was short lived though as a pair of free throws from Brady Manek gave the Sooners the lead back fifteen seconds later.
That would be the only time Oklahoma would trail in the game while going on to build leads by as many as ten points. Dziagwa would pull the Cowboys to within one, at 54-53 with 8:41 to go but, in what would be the theme of the day, the Sooners answered with a Jamal Bieniemy three-pointer on the next possession.
The Sooners improve to 12-2 on the season and 1-1 in conference play. Next they have their eyes set on a trip to Lubbock to face #11 Texas Tech on Tuesday.
OSU falls to 0-2 in conference play and 6-8 on the season. They’ll host the Texas Longhorns on Tuesday.