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Oklahoma basketball: Sooners turn to defense to beat Texas A&M for seventh straight victory

The Sooners had to rely on defense — and plenty of bad Texas A&M shooting — to escape the Toyota Center with a 64-52 win.
by Ryan Aber Published: December 21, 2013


photo - Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield, left, reaches for the ball from Texas A&M’s Fabyon Harris during first-half action on Saturday in Houston. AP Photo
Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield, left, reaches for the ball from Texas A&M’s Fabyon Harris during first-half action on Saturday in Houston. AP Photo

— Oklahoma had built its success on the offensive end for the season's first 11 games.

In the 12th, the Sooners had to rely on defense — and plenty of bad Texas A&M shooting — to escape the Toyota Center with a 64-52 win.

Sooners coach Lon Kruger was as relieved as anything else to go into the Christmas break with a seventh consecutive win.

“It's finished and it's in the right column,” Kruger said. “It wasn't as good as we were doing it because we just weren't very smooth offensively.

“But now that it's over, it's good to win a ballgame in a different way.”

The Sooners (11-1) don't play again until hosting Louisiana Tech on Dec. 30.

Jordan Woodard was the only OU player in double figures with 20 points.

Oklahoma held Texas A&M more than 20 points below its average shooting percentage as the Aggies hit just 18 of 67 (26.9 percent) from the field.

The shooting percentage was the lowest for an Oklahoma opponent since the 2007-08 season. The opponent then was also Texas A&M.

After hitting its first 3-pointer of the night, Texas A&M missed on 21 consecutive shots from behind the line.

Just three of Texas A&M's 18 field goals came outside of the paint.

There was plenty wrong with Oklahoma's offensive game in the first half — 16 turnovers to just five assists and no points from leading scorer Cameron Clark among the most glaring.

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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