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Oklahoma Basketball | Second Half Surge Blasts Sooners Past UTSA

M. Hofeld


If you’re an Oklahoma basketball fan than you probably sat on the edge of you seat, in a nervous sweat, on Tuesday night as the Sooners and Roadrunners played to a 36-36 draw in the first half of the season opener. The second half would have been a much different story though as Oklahoma’s new talent flashed ever so brightly in route to an 85-67 blowout win.

Freshman De’Vion Harmon and transfer Austin Reaves paced the Sooners with 23 points each on a combined 17-of-33 shooting performance, including 3-of-6 from three-point range for Harmon.

Junior forward Brady Manek scored 16 points and sophomore guard Jamal Bieniemy pulled down a team-high 11 boards as Oklahoma overcame an early 11-4 deficit.

After falling behind 38-36 just over a minute into the second half, the Sooners went on a 14-0 run to take control of the game and never looked back. Oklahoma ultimately outscored UTSA 49-31 over the final 20 minutes in a game that saw their lone senior, Kristian Doolittle, unavailable due to a one-game NCAA suspension.

The Sooners held UTSA to just 33.8% shooting from the floor and 17.2% from three-point range. Part of the struggle for the Roadrunners to make baskets was 8 blocked shots by Oklahoma, including three from Manek.

Up next for the Sooners is Minnesota in a game that will be played at the Sanforn Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

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