The SEC/Big 12 Challenge failed to provide a substantial challenge for Oklahoma. Hosting a Vanderbilt Commodores program still searching for an identity in Lloyd Noble Center, the Sooners scored the first four points of the evening. Maintaining a slim margin throughout the early portion of the game, it appeared as though the two would be in for forty minutes of fight.
Closing the gap and eventually erasing the deficit, Clevon Brown moved the ball intentionally around the court. Finding an open shooter, the sophomore fired the ball toward the perimeter. Catching the pass, Matt Ryan’s eyed the rim before attempting the shot. Hitting the bottom of the net from beyond the arc, Vandy evened the score at 14-14. On the next possession, Yanni Wetzell recorded a steal before sinking the layup to take the lead with 12:08 remaining in the first half.
Responding to the challenge, Christian James began to work for the Sooners. Returning the favor to the visiting team by assisting on an Aaron Calixte three pointer, the single move sparked a run. Clamping down on the defensive side of the court kept Vanderbilt off the scoreboard while the offense netted 17 unanswered points. In a matter of minutes the contest was ultimately decided as the Commodores faded into the background.
By the time the clock hit 00:00, the final score sat at 86-55 in favor of Oklahoma.
Securing yet another non-conference win, OU moves to 15-5 on the year and 8-1 in front of a home crowd. Stepping back in league play, the Sooners begin preparing for a pairing with the Baylor Bears.