Oklahoma has one of the youngest teams in the nation and Iowa State has more experience than any team in the Big 12 and it showed Saturday as the Cyclones outlasted the Sooner 92-87 in double overtime in Norman.
The Sooners played back-to-back overtime games for the first time since 1978. Senior guard Jordan Woodard scored all 21 of his points after halftime, adding seven rebounds, five assists and three steals in 43 minutes of action.
“We got off to a great start,” said OU coach Lon Kruger. “They made a great run before halftime to take the lead, but we were able to play it back up second half to take it back. We were also in great shape during the first overtime, but it was a hard fought ball game from start to finish. It was one of those that you look back on how you played throughout the game. We had 25 turnovers and were careless with the ball. We did that way too frequently. That’s a huge key in the ball game. That was a tough one with disappointment.”
Doolittle totaled 15 points and a career-high 15 rebounds for the first double-double of his collegiate career. He is the first Sooner to record 15 points and 15 boards since Ryan Spangler had 15 and 17 against Oklahoma State in 2014.
McGusty finished his night one point shy of a career high with 19 points in a career-high 44 minutes. Sophomore forward Dante Buford tied his season high of 10 points in 14 minutes. Sophomore guard Rashard Odomes totaled nine points, five boards and four assists and junior forward Khadeem Lattin added eight points, four rebounds and a pair of blocks.
Woodard has scored 18 or more points after halftime in three consecutive games and combined for 39 points after halftime in OU’s two games this week. Woodard has scored at least 20 points in each of his last five starts and is averaging 22.7 points since returning to OU’s starting lineup on Jan. 14 vs. Texas Tech.