The Oklahoma Sooners entered the arena ready to battle the College of William & Mary Tribe on the hardwood. Despite a close contest, Lon Kruger walked away with a fourth consecutive victory in hand by a final of 75-70. Moving forward, the program will now look for to extend the streak to five for the first time since the 2015-16 campaign.
Starting the game with less than desirable results, Brady Manek stepped up late in the second half to provide a boost in scoring. Knocking down a three point attempt with under two minutes to play, the forward evened the score at 68-68. On the following possession, a steal put the ball back in Oklahoma’s hands as Manek found a lane to the rim. Receiving the ball, the junior hit a high percentage shot — a dunk — to put Oklahoma up for the remainder of the outing.
Collecting 10 points on the night, Manek joined two others in double-digit scoring for OU. Of course, Kristian Doolittle continues to pace the rest of the roster by adding 19 points to the resume. Following suit, Austin Reaves added 18 of his own.
Managing to claim a win, Oklahoma shot poorly from beyond the arc. Attempting 19 shots from range, the group found the bottom of the net a mere three times. On 15.8% from three point land, the Sooners found another way to gain an edge by making numerous trips to the charity stripe.
On the other end of the court, Nathan Knight used the obvious height advantage combined with his athleticism to trouble to OU defense. Consistently putting the ball in his hands, the Tribe relied on Knight to carry a majority of the scoring responsibility. Shouldering the weight and doing so successfully, the center netted 30 points to lead all scorers.
Throughout the duration of the year, Kruger will opt to play undersized in the paint. However, it comes with a trade off as all of the Sooners are capable of stepping outside in an effort to stretch the floor. It’s going to be interesting to see how the season shakes out. For now, Oklahoma is worthy of consideration of a top twenty-five ranking.