ARLINGTON, Texas —
The Mavericks outscored Oklahoma 28-16 the last 15 minutes of the game.
“For our guys to continue fighting and diving on the floor and having the opportunity to be able to win the game down the stretch, I think that speaks a lot to the type of character these guys have,” Cross said. “For that, I’m grateful and proud.”
Kruger said the Sooners can also take something from the experience.
“We didn’t handle (the lead) very well,” Kruger said. “We didn’t handle the pressure very well. That’s one of those things you can’t really simulate in practice, but we’ll learn a lot from it and guys will have this feeling to learn from.”
Friday night was Oklahoma’s first road test of the year, and it came in front of a record crowd of 6,421.
“From a learning standpoint, probably as good of an opportunity as you’re going to get,” Kruger said.
OU started the game shooting 1 for 8. Kruger said the Sooners didn’t respond well to UTA’s pressure, which helped the Mavericks jump out to a 12-3 lead.
“We didn’t dribble it very well, we didn’t pass it very well,” Kruger said. “It caused a lot of troubles when you have trouble doing both.”
Hield, who came off the bench, ignited the Sooners’ offense.
“He’s an emotional player who really gets into it,” Kruger said. “He’ll give us a lot of good stretches during the year.”