Oklahoma picked up win #6 on Tuesday night by downing Missouri 77-66 in front of a pro Tiger crowd in Kansas City. Austin Reaves scored 19, and pulled down 10 boards, to pace three Sooner starters who scored in double-figures on a night that saw OU outpace their former conference foe.
Here are the three biggest contributing factors in the win for Oklahoma.
The Charity Stripe
The whistles were tight in Kansas City and the Sooners took advantage of it by connecting on 15-of-18 free throws. In Monday night’s loss to Stanford you wouldn’t have pegged Oklahoma to be one of the best free-throw shooting teams in the Big 12 (4-of-13), but they proved their merit on Tuesday night for sure.
Eight of the nine Oklahoma players who saw the floor on Tuesday night scored. Reaves (19), Brady Manek (17), Kristian Doolittle (14), and Alondes Williams (12) all scored in double figures.
You have to be excited about the play of Williams. The JUCO transfer is averaging 8 points per game but scored 12 in each of the games in Kansas City.
The Sooners forced Missouri into 15 turnovers, resulting in 15 Oklahoma points. OU held a slight edge in rebounding (34-29) and a slight edge in field goal percentage (47.4% – 44%) which makes the 15 points off turnovers even more crucial.
Up next for Oklahoma is a short trip south to play North Texas on December 5th.
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