Amath M'Baye was there to comfort Buddy Hield after the freshman missed the game-tying free throw for Oklahoma on Tuesday night.
He was even there to swat a ball in the second half.
But M'Baye's offensive production didn't help the Sooners for the second straight game, a 56-55 loss to Stephen F. Austin.
M'Baye went 1 of 2 from the floor and didn't shoot a 3-pointer. He did grab four offensive rebounds.
The stat line is better than the one had against Texas A&M in Oklahoma's last game. On Saturday, M'Baye finished without a point, going 0-for-3 in field goals along with tallying one steal and one block.
“We know he's got the skill and the ability to perform at a much higher level,” Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said. “Everyone wanted it, and he expected it to happen more quickly, and that's a bit frustrating ... but the only thing to do is to keep investing time, and Amath will do that.”
Oklahoma had six total assists against Stephen F. Austin. Three of those came from freshman guard Je'lon Hornbeak. Then forward Romero Osby, guard Steven Pledger and guard Buddy Hield each had one.
However, Oklahoma also had 13 turnovers. M'Baye had the most with three. Osby, Hornbeak, freshman Isaiah Cousins and junior Cameron Clark all had two.
HORNBEAK UP, COUSINS DOWN
Against Texas A&M, the Sooners' two starting freshman guards did not make a field goal.
On Tuesday night, Hornbeak tied for a game-high 12 points. The freshman guard hit three from beyond the arc and went 4 of 9 on field goals. He also made his only free-throw attempt and grabbed one rebound. Hornbeak also played the most minutes of any Sooner with 33.
Cousins again went scoreless from the floor. He was shown the bench after 1:30 was off the game clock and played only 16 total minutes.
Kruger on Oklahoma becoming more physical: “We just have to execute things better. Set better screens. Use screens better. That doesn't mean just relative to contact, it means just execution in general. Getting your bodies on people is part of the execution at times.”