OU basketball notebook: OU freshman Jordan Woodard shines in loss to Mountaineers

The former Edmond Bulldog scored 23 points, one shy of his career best. He added eight assists.
BY BERRY TRAMEL, Staff Writer, btramel@opubco. Published: February 5, 2014
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OU freshman point guard Jordan Woodard scored 23 points, one shy of his career best. He also had eight assists.

Woodard keyed a second-half comeback with repeated drives that resulted in layups or open shots for teammates. Woodard also had all five of OU's overtime points.

Buddy Hield and Tyler Neal also warmed up after halftime. Hield had 12 of his 15 points in the second half, Neal 10 of his 16.

ABORTED LANDING

The Sooners arrived at Will Rogers World Airport about 4 p.m. Tuesday. And touched down in the state of West Virginia 24 hours later, two hours before tipoff.

Weather delays kept the Sooners from taking off Tuesday until almost 10 p.m. Then because of limited vision, the pilot of OU's charter United Express flight aborted a landing, some 600 feet above the ground at the Clarksburg (W.Va.) airport.

The flight was diverted some 360 miles away, to Newark (N.J.) Liberty Airport, deemed the safest/nearest options.

The Sooners landed in Newark around 3 a.m. New Jersey time and found rooms at the Hilton Inn.

On Wednesday, conditions kept OU from flying out of Newark before 2 p.m. The Sooners boarded their plane at 2:30, but repairs were needed on the jet. The plane took off about 3:30 p.m. and landed at Clarksburg at 5. The bus ride to Morgantown took 30 minutes.