The Oklahoma Sooners return to Lloyd Noble on Saturday with a two game losing streak in tow. Looking to end the streak with a win over the UCF Knights, the group experienced a bit of adversity throughout the first half. However, in a low scoring affair, the crimson and cream triumphed 53-52 at the buzzer.
Trailing the Knights 32-20 as the first half came to a close, Kristian Doolittle remained on the bench in foul trouble. Forced to look elsewhere for production, Jalen Hill and the defense responded. Holding the opponent scoreless over the final 5:49 of the opening twenty minutes allowed Oklahoma to close the gap. Behind two buckets from Hill, the Sooners remained within striking distance at 32-27 heading into the break.
Playing from behind is nothing new for this program as Doolittle entered the contest once again. Accounting for the first eight point of the second half for the team, it appeared as though the veteran would provide a much needed boost on the floor. Yet, it was a newcomer giving the Sooners their first lead of final twenty minutes at 41-40 when De’Vion Harmon knocked down a three point attempt.
Trading blows down the stretch, neither team shot the ball exceptionally well. Simply put, it wasn’t just cold outside as each program shot below 33% from the floor and right at 23% from beyond the arc.
Regardless of the shooting percentages a win is a win. Now the Sooners will focus their efforts on the final tune up before jumping into the conference play.