Oklahoma (7-9, 1-4 Big 12) broke a seven-game losing streak and got its first Big 12 win with a 84-75 victory over Texas Tech (13-4, 2-3 Big 12) in Norman Saturday.
Senior guard Jordan Woodard returned from injury and sparked the Sooners with 27 points.
“That was a big lift,” said OU coach Lon Kruger. “I think guys have been improving individually over the last three weeks. But as a group, a guy like Jordan (Woodard) being a senior and a guy who’s had great success and played in a lot of Big 12 games, it’s hard to measure but it helps a lot.”
OU guard Rashard Odomes shot 9-of-14 from the field en route to his career-high 24 points. The sophomore had 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting in the opening half – the most by a Sooner in any first half this season. Odomes rounded out his evening with eight rebounds and four assists in 35 minutes.
“The effort’s been really good,” Kruger said. “Especially in practice, not just in games. That’s a credit to our coaches on our staff and certainly the players. They’ve worked hard and gotten better and I know they’ll keep doing that. The Big 12 is so tough. It’s hard to win games, it doesn’t matter who you play. I think this group better understands that now. Because of that they’ll keep working.”
Woodard continued his climb up Oklahoma’s all-time scoring list. He surpassed Mookie Blaylock (1,338), David Johnson (1,344) and Tony Crocker (1,351) on Saturday to sit in 16th all-time with 1,358 points.
Woodard shot a perfect 14-for-14 from the charity stripe – the most fouls shots he’s made without a miss in his career. With 426 made free throws in his career, Woodard moved into fifth in the OU record books for career foul shots. Wayman Tisdale holds the school record with 507.
The Sooners played at West Virginia Wednesday night.