Austin Reaves scored 23 points and went 13-of-14 from the free throw but that’s just about the only thing that went well for Oklahoma in Tuesday’s 83-73 loss at Creighton. Among the Sooners’ many struggles was a 23-of-69 (33%) shooting performance from the floor, making it nearly impossible to keep pace with a Bluejays squad that seemed to have mastered the art of drawing contact and sank 36 of it 29 free throw attempts.
On a poor shooting night it becomes even more imperative to establish an advantage on the boards, something else the Sooners failed to do. Creighton pulled down 37 defensive rebounds on the night. To put that in perspective, Oklahoma recorded 41 total rebounds.
Reaves was one of three Oklahoma players to score in double-figures in the game. He was joined by Kristian Doolittle (21 points) and Brady Manek (17 points), but bench scoring was another issue. Alondes Williams scored all 9 of OU’s bench points in the game, meaning three other bench players combined for 33 minutes of scoreless basketball.
For the first time this season Oklahoma has lost back-to-back games this season, dropping their season record to 7-3. The Sooners fell at Wichita State 80-75 on Saturday.
Up next for the Sooners is a home game against Central Florida on Saturday.
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