|Photo Courtesy: Ty Russell|
Now, the Sooners are playing defense, too.
Ryan Spangler scored a season-high 18 points to help No. 22 Oklahoma defeat Missouri 82-63 Friday night in the SEC/Big 12 challenge. Buddy Hield had 17 points and three steals and Isaiah Cousins added 16 points for the Sooners, who shot 57 percent from the field and made 10 of 20 3-pointers.
But what changed the game was the way Oklahoma defended after halftime. The Sooners opened the second half on a 15-0 run. Missouri (4-4) didn't score for the first 5:16 of the second half and missed its first seven shots after the break. It's a big step for a team that wasn't always focused on getting stops a year ago.
"Defensively, we've been making progress and we've been getting better," Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said. "Defensively, I thought we were pretty solid all night."
Oklahoma (5-2) was coming off a runner-up finish in the Battle 4 Atlantis.
Johnathan Williams III led Missouri with 16 points and eight rebounds. Montaque Gill-Caesar, Missouri's top scorer entering the game, finished with 15 points on 6-for-16 shooting. (AP/SoonerSports.com)
|Points||Williams III - 16||Spangler - 18|
|Rebounds||Williams III - 8||Three Players - 5|
|Assists||Two Players - 3||Woodard - 4|
|Steals||Three Players - 2||Hield - 3|
|Blocks||Williams III - 1||Thomas - 5|