HOUSTON — 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.
Texas A&M, though, was much worse.
The Sooners' zone kept giving the Aggies shots, but Texas A&M couldn't take advantage. Texas A&M hit just 5 of 34 shots before the break and the Sooners led 23-14.
Oklahoma had scored less than 40 points in a half just three times this season and hadn't scored less than 31 in any half before Saturday's first.
Oklahoma had turned the ball over more than 16 times in a game just once.
And still, the Sooners led by seven.
“It was really crazy,” Woodard said. “We really just wanted to rely on our defense. Our defense anchored us to the win.”
The Sooners turned the ball over 10 more times than Texas A&M (22-12) and still managed to outscore the Aggies off turnovers, 13-10.
Oklahoma got going a bit offensively in the second half, helped by strong rebounding by Ryan Spangler and Tyler Neal in particular. Spangler equaled his career high with 13 rebounds and Neal set his with 10. Even guard Isaiah Cousins had seven.
“That's been a big thing that coach's been talking about,” Neal said. “Especially when we're in that 1-3-1 or another zone, the guards need to be in there and rebound it and be strong with it so we can push it like we want to.”