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Oklahoma basketball: Jordan Woodard sparks Sooners

by Ryan Aber Published: January 25, 2014
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Oklahoma freshman point guard Jordan Woodard was struggling a bit going into Saturday's game at Texas Tech.

Twice in three games, Woodard had been on the bench late in close games as Sooners coach Lon Kruger elected instead to go with sophomore Je'lon Hornbeak at the point.

Against the Red Raiders, though, Woodard picked up an assist less than two minutes into the game and hit a 3-pointer less than a minute later and was off and running.

In Oklahoma's 74-65 win over the Red Raiders, Woodard had his best game since Big 12 play began.

He had 15 points, eight assists and a pair of steals with just three turnovers as the Sooners won for the third consecutive game.

Woodard thanked the Sooners' coaching staff and his teammates for the performance.

“They wanted me to have more control on the point guard spot of the game — especially on the road,” Woodard said. “I've been going through a rough patch, but my teammates kept me up throughout this stretch in Big 12 play. They kept me confident and found me in some good spots.”

SOONERS CONVERT MISTAKES

The defense has been dicey at times for the Sooners, but Oklahoma turned in one of its most complete defensive performances of the season against the Red Raiders.

The Sooners forced five quick turnovers early in the game and converted all of them into baskets on the other end.

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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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