OU basketball notebook: Freshman guard Jordan Woodard recovers against Baylor

Woodard was just 2 of 8 from the field, but he had eight assists and just two turnovers to go along with a steal.
by Ryan Aber Published: January 19, 2014
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After sitting the last seven minutes in the loss to Kansas State earlier in the week, freshman point guard Jordan Woodard bounced back nicely against Baylor.

Woodard was just 2 for 8 from the field but had eight assists and just two turnovers to go along with a steal. He was also 5 for 7 from the free-throw line in 32 minutes.

Both of Woodard's free-throw misses came in the final 30 seconds, but he hit 1 of 2 with less than 10 seconds left to help the Sooners cap a 66-64 road win.

“I think he knows that we have confidence in him,” sophomore forward Ryan Spangler said. “He's been hitting free throws all year, getting to the line all year. That's where he gets most of his points.”

Woodard has scored more than half of his points — 102 of 203 — at the free-throw line.

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“I thought the second half at Kansas State was a start. A couple good days of practice transferred pretty good today. We're playing good clubs every night out, so we've got to keep getting better especially on that end of the floor.”

Lon Kruger, Sooners coach, on his team's defensive improvement the last two games.

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Spangler was 2 for 3 from the field at Baylor. He has shot 50 percent of better from the field in every game this season. … The seven points scored by Oklahoma's bench was the second-fewest of the season. The Sooners' reserves scored just one point against then-No. 1 Michigan State. … OU's win Saturday snapped Baylor's 13-game home winning streak. The Bears hadn't lost at home since late last season. … Baylor led by six at halftime and lost for just the second time in 33 games when leading at the break.


by Ryan Aber
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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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