Sooners Drop Close Contest to Wichita State
|Points||Brown - 17||Woodard - 28|
|Rebounds||McDuffie - 8||Lattin - 8|
|Assists||Smith - 6||Woodard - 4|
|Steals||Smith - 2||Three Players - 2|
|Blocks||Morris - 5||McNeace - 2|
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (AP) — Despite senior guard Jordan Woodard scoring a career-high-matching 28 points, the Oklahoma men's basketball team fell to Wichita State, 76-73, inside Chesapeake Energy Arena on Saturday in the All-College Classic.
Christian James scored 15 and Rashard Odomes added 10 for the Sooners (6-3).
"A tough ballgame," Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said. "I thought both clubs fought like crazy for 40 minutes."
Woodard made a 3-pointer with 4 seconds left to cut the Shockers' lead to a point, but Wichita State's Zach Brown made two free throws at the other end to seal the win.
Wichita State's margin would have been larger, but the Sooners outscored the Shockers 27-17 from the free-throw line. Oklahoma made 14 free throws in the first half to take a 39-37 lead at the break.
"I thought, to be down two points, as poorly as we played in the first half — this is very winnable," Marshall said. "We just need to go out and take it to them. Don't be afraid. Don't play on your heels. Play with swagger. Play with determination and toughness. I thought we were better at that in the second half."The game's momentum shifted when Wichita State's Daishon Smith uncorked a powerful dunk that. The 6-foot-1 Smith's jam over 6-7 Kristian Doolittle gave the Shockers a 55-50 lead with 8:28 remaining and provided the spark the Shockers needed to hold on for a 76-73 win Saturday afternoon in the All-College Classic.
"He just got up so high, and bam," Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall said. "He threw it down. Those are things that I'm not accustomed to. I don't know the degree of difficulty that had, but it looked like a pretty impressive play by a young man who's just starting to feel how good he can be and understand the impact he can have on our team and our season."
Smith finished with 13 points after going scoreless in the first half, and was named outstanding player. Zach Brown scored 17 points and Darral Willis added 12 for the Shockers (9-2), who won their fourth straight.
Wichita State shot just 39.7 percent from the field, but the Shockers made up for it by holding Oklahoma to 30.8 percent shooting.
Up next, Oklahoma hosts Memphis on Dec. 17. The Sooners get another crack at a non-conference win over a big-name program.