In the space of a little more than a minute, beginning five minutes into the second half of Monday's 83-75 loss at Kansas, Ryan Spangler and Cam Clark each picked up their third foul.
The Sooners trailed by two points when Clark picked up his third with 13:59 remaining, but in the more than five minutes with both of Oklahoma's starting forwards on the bench, the Sooners cut the lead by one and took the lead for more than two minutes.
Junior D.J. Bennett came up with a couple of baskets during the stretch. Tyler Neal, who came on for Clark, also hit a 3-pointer during the run to put the Sooners up four with less than 11 minutes to play.
“I thought Tyler and D.J. came in there and really picked up for Cam and Ryan,” Sooners coach Lon Kruger said. “Defensively, I thought they battled. I thought D.J. had maybe as good a stretch as he's had, Tyler knocked down a big shot. Guys made good plays for each other during that time.
“With Ryan in foul trouble and Cam as well, I thought we bought some valuable minutes right there, but we weren't quite able to finish it.”
Oklahoma's bench outscored Kansas' 14-11.
WOODARD SETS FRESHMAN MARK
It wasn't until the final minute, but Sooners point guard Jordan Woodard broke the school record for most free throws by a freshman.
The record was previously held by Wayman Tisdale (1983) and Jeff Webster (1991).
Woodard was 1 for 2 from the line to give him 135 free throws this season.
He added six assists, moving him closer to another freshman record.
Woodard now has 132 assists, nine behind Terry Evans and 22 behind Tommy Mason-Griffin for the mark.
The Sooners (20-8 overall, 9-6 Big 12) return home to host Texas at 3 p.m. Saturday (KOCB-34).
Oklahoma beat the Longhorns 88-85 on Jan. 4 in the Big 12 opener for both teams.
A win for the Sooners on Saturday would go a long way toward helping the Sooners seal any conference tiebreaker with the Longhorns or Iowa State.
The Cyclones and Longhorns, who entered Monday night tied with the Sooners for second place in the league, split their season series.
The first tiebreaker is head-to-head record against tied teams, then the season series against the highest-finishing team in the league down the standings until the tie is broken.
MANNING AMONG THE FANS AT ALLEN
Tulsa coach Danny Manning, whose son Evan is a sophomore walk-on for the Jayhawks, was in the stands for Monday's game.
Danny Manning, who coaches James Woodard, the older brother of Sooners freshman Jordan, sat six rows behind OU's bench.
Manning led the Jayhawks to the 1988 national championship over Oklahoma.
“So the best Memorial Bulldog point guard made the 2nd best Memorial point guard take a time out!”
Petra Woodard, the mother of Sooners point guard (and former Edmond Memorial star) Jordan Woodard, on Twitter after Kansas coach Bill Self was forced to call a timeout early in the second half. Self starred at Edmond Memorial before playing at Oklahoma State.