As Northwestern State basketball coach Mike McConathy walked out of his news conference, he made one last remark away from the mic.
“We tried to put the lipstick on the pig,” he said.
That cliché fit Friday night's 69-65 Oklahoma win the best.
The teams finished with a combined 76 rebounds and 36 personal fouls, 22 of which came from Northwestern State.
Oklahoma finished the game shooting 39.3 percent from the floor and 41.7 percent from beyond the arc. Northwestern State was 37.9 percent in field goals and 33.3 percent off the three.
“You've got to credit OU in that they were so aggressive defensively,” McConathy said. “I've been in coaching for thirty-something years, so I know some coaches and they say they're as tough and they play as hard on defense as anybody they've seen in a long time.”
OKLAHOMA FINALLY GETS A BREAK
The Sooners have played five games in eight days, including the trip to Orlando, Fla., for the Old Spice Classic where they finished in third place.
Four of those five games were on the road. The Sooners finished the stretch 4-1.
Oklahoma doesn't play another game until Tuesday.
Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said that the team played Friday night like they had so many games, but didn't blame it on fatigue.
“ ... we have to play better,” Kruger said. “We have a day off tomorrow, we'll get away from it a little bit and then get back in preparation for Arkansas.”
THE HALF OF MISSED OPPORTUNITIES
The first half was one of missed baskets for both Oklahoma and Northwestern State.
The Sooners and Demons combined to make a total of 22 field goals out of 59 field goal attempts. They also went a combined 7 of 18 from beyond the arc.
Oklahoma was 10-of-28 from the floor in the first half and 3-of-8 on 3-pointers. Starters Amath M'Baye and Romero Osby missed four shots each while senior Sam Grooms and freshman Buddy Hield missed three each coming off the bench.