The Huskers gave 5th ranked Oklahoma everything they had, but the Sooners pulled away in the 2nd half to win 72-61. The Huskers led by six at the half shooting 50%. Ryan Anderson off the bench scored 19.
The Sooners came back in the 2nd half, led by Blake Griffin, the national player of the year candidate who finished with 27 points and 18 rebounds.
Free throw shooting continues to be an issue, especially in the Big 12. The team plays feisty defense, battles for rebounds with a much bigger team, takes care of the basketball (only seven turnovers), but can’t hit free throws. The Huskers just 5 of 14 for 36%.
Granted they didn’t get to the line enough to make up the difference, but perhaps hitting free throws keeps the score a little closer and maybe changes the flow of the game, tightens OU up a bit, who knows. On the other hand, the Sooners weren’t that impressive at the line hitting just 62% of their free throws. Case in point, with under 8:30 minutes to play, Steve Harley missed two free throws that would have put NU up 55-53. Instead OU goes on an 11-2 run to pull away for good.
The Huskers are home for their next two, Saturday against Oklahoma State and Wednesday with KU.