NCAAB Game Recap - Oklahoma at Minnesota
Sat Nov 9, 2019 8:00 PM EST

URI
55
MD
73
F
ArkPB
60
Gonz
110
F
Stony
57
Seton
74
F
BethC
44
TxTch
79
F
Bois
75
Oreg
106
F
Tex
70
Purd
66
F
Alc
72
ULMo
73
F(OT)
GWebb
59
WCU
71
F
Nich
75
Pitt
70
F
RobM
57
ND
92
F
CenAR
78
GTown
89
F
UNCA
91
Citad
76
F
(N/A)
50
Ohio
88
F
HolyC
83
UNH
87
F
UMass
62
Fairf
60
F
(N/A)
63
Boston
91
F
Morg
57
Temp
75
F
Lafy
72
StFNY
73
F
S UT
79
Nebras
78
F(OT)
WriSt
88
MiaO
81
F
PorSt
74
Ind
85
F
GASt
80
Charl
84
F
NCC
64
SFA
94
F
TXSo
63
WichSt
69
F
PVAM
69
UCF
73
F
UMKC
51
OkSt
69
F
UMBC
65
FlGlf
61
F
UtVal
62
Denv
74
F
Del
56
SIU
54
F
LoyMD
98
ChiSt
85
F
(N/A)
54
Clev
79
F
MidTN
73
Lipsco
70
F
Iona
64
LaSal
70
F(OT)
How
62
GrgWas
76
F
TxSt
71
AF
78
F
KansSt
60
UNLV
56
F(OT)
SDSU
76
BYU
71
F
APSU
75
W Ky
97
F
NrthIA
64
NIU
54
F
CenCT
57
StJon
87
F
Merrim
64
PSU
91
F
Monm
74
Hof
94
F
IaSt
74
OrSt
80
F
Penn
61
Rice
80
F
TNSt
57
Chat
59
F
NJIT
47
Prov
76
F
Canis
68
Brown
75
F
Ida
51
UCRiv
58
F
TexSA
62
Oakl
75
F
(N/A)
60
MTSt
93
F
USD
62
LongB
74
F
Leh
74
Albany
70
F
HiPt
61
Woff
89
F
(N/A)
58
MtStM
75
F
Ball
75
Evans
79
F
NOrl
53
Butl
79
F
W MI
115
WIMil
110
F(3OT)
(N/A)
64
WIGB
115
F
Valpa
70
StLou
81
F
IndSt
81
Dayt
86
F
ETSU
92
TN-M
75
F
Stetsn
77
W IL
75
F
IUPUI
56
Brad
90
F
UCIrv
73
Pepp
77
F
Tuls
59
TexAr
73
F
(N/A)
70
TNTec
83
F
McNee
80
ULLa
85
F
SoMis
69
SthAL
75
F
South
49
Murr
69
F
Okla
71
Minn
62
F
Princ
72
USF
82
F
CSNor
70
NM
97
F
SDSt
93
CSBak
91
F(2OT)
E WA
74
Seatt
66
F
LoyMa
67
Nev
72
F
CS-Ful
54
Stan
70
F

Nov 9, 2019, 8:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Oklahoma (2-0)

26

45

71

Minnesota (1-1)

32

30

62

Oklahoma overcomes slow start, beats Minnesota 71-62
Sat Nov 9, 2019 11:22 PM

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) Minnesota and Oklahoma may have played at a neutral site at the Sanford Pentagon on Saturday night, but it felt like a home game for the Gophers. Sioux Falls, South Dakota is just 15 miles from the Minnesota border, but Oklahoma was able to quiet the predominantly Minnesota crowd for a 71-62 win.

Brady Manek scored 17 points and grabbed ten rebounds to lead the Sooners (2-0).

Jamal Bieniemy had 15 points off the bench on 5-of-8 shooting for Oklahoma, which used a 23-4 second half run to erase an eight-point deficit midway through the half. Austin Reaves added 11 points and Kristian Doolittle had 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Alondes Williams scored a traditional 3-point play with eight minutes remaining to give the Sooners their first lead since 24-23 late in the first half.

Marcus Carr led Minnesota (1-1) with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Payton Willis and Daniel Oturu added 15 points apiece.

Oklahoma overcame a slow start from the field and finished shooting 40 percent for the game. They shot just 23 percent from the field in the opening half before going 16 for 26 in the second.

The Gophers built an eight-point lead in the second half when Willis scored to make it 51-43 with just over 12 minutes to play. But the Sooners didn't fade and went on their big run to take the lead. While Oklahoma was making it look easy during the run, Minnesota managed just four baskets in the final 12 minutes of the game.

"We came out of that under 12 (minute) timeout, our guys toughened up a little bit defensively. We got some stops, and I think that boosted our confidence," Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said. "They got a little more physical and got into the ball, just energy wise, which you have to be when you're down eight points."

The first half went back-and-forth before Minnesota built the biggest lead of the half and led 32-26 at the break. Willis hit a 3-pointer with 22 seconds to play and Carr scored at the buzzer to give the Gophers the edge.

BIG PICTURE

Oklahoma managed to come back and win in what was virtually a home game for the Gophers. The Sooners got scoring from eight different players.

Minnesota's perimeter offense looks to be a real threat after another impressive performance from beyond the 3-point line. The Gophers hit eight 3-pointers against Oklahoma and had 13 in their opener against Cleveland State. Minnesota averaged just five made 3-pointers per game last season.

BENCH PLAY

Bieniemy scored 13 of 15 points in the second half. The Sooners' bench was 7 of 11 from the field and scored 19 points. Meanwhile, Minnesota didn't get much from its bench, which shot just 1 for 5 from the field.

HE SAID IT

"I thought we had some opportunities at the rim that we didn't quite finish. We had some weak layups that got blocked, and those are all things we'll learn from. In an early-season game like this, a lot of learning opportunities come out of it," Kruger said.

UP NEXT

Minnesota continues is current three-game road trip and will be at Butler on Tuesday and at Utah on Friday. It's the first time the Gophers have faced three high-major teams in their first four games since 1969.

Oklahoma heads to Oregon State on Tuesday before hosting William & Mary for its home opener on Nov. 18. The Sooners play only two home games in a 45-day stretch between Nov. 6 through Dec. 20.

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Leaders

Oklahoma PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
C. Merritt 0 0 0 1 0 0
B. Manek 17 0 2 10 1 2
Minnesota PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Omersa 0 0 0 1 0 1
B. Greenlee 0 0 0 0 0 0

Team Comparison

Okla Minn
Points For 71 62
Field Goals 24/60-40% 25/63-40%
Three Pointers 6/15-40% 8/32-25%
Free Throws 17/22-77% 4/12-33%
Offensive Rebounds 9 9
Defensive Rebounds 33 28
Rebounds 45 43
Blocks 3 5
Steals 6 3
Turnovers 9 13
Personal Fouls 15 20
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Okla Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sat Nov 9 Okla 71 @ Minn 62 K. Kuath 2 T. Williams 4

Game Information

Stadium: Sanford Pentagon, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Attendance: 3,445
Game Time: