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OU men's basketball: Sooners stun No. 9 Jayhawks for second top-10 win

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Oklahoma guard Austin Reaves (12) goes against Kansas guard Marcus Garrett (0) during the first half of a game in Norman on Saturday, Jan. 23.

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Oklahoma earned its second top-10 win of the season, downing ninth-ranked Kansas 75-68 on Saturday.

The Sooners were led by sophomore guard De'Vion Harmon, who started hot and never cooled off at Lloyd Noble Center. Harmon finished with 22 points to go with four rebounds and two assists.

OU led for most of the contest, holding an advantage for 27:33 of game clock, but didn't pull away until late.

"Big-time battle," OU coach Lon Kruger said. "Both teams, I thought, fought like crazy. Buckets were hard to come by, at times, on both ends of the floor. Just proud of our guys. A game that could have gone either way."

Saturday’s game marks OU’s third victory over Kansas in Norman over the last four seasons. It also marks their second NCAA Tournament resume-boosting victory of the month.

OU defeated West Virginia 75-71 on Jan. 2. OU is now 2-4 against Quadrant 1 opponents.


• Delayed start: OU senior Austin Reaves scored all 16 of his points in the second half. 

Kansas held Reaves to 0 of 4 from the floor in the first half before Reaves finally got going during the final stretch.

"I was just struggling the first half," Reaves said. "I didn't play well and that's on me. 100% on me, and I mean, it's in the past now. You go to halftime, you regroup and then you go out and you do what you can do to help the team win.

"But we really just stuck with the plan, stuck with what the coaches wanted us to do and at the end, we came out with a good win." 

• Fouls add up: OU never got to the free-throw line in the first half as Kansas picked up just four fouls through the first 20 minutes.

OU finally got to the line with 16:42 remaining in the second half and were in the bonus by the 14:21 mark.

The Sooners took advantage of their foul-shot opportunities, making 18 of 22 free-throw attempts.

• More than a defensive stopper: Kansas’ Marcus Garrett showed why he’s more than just one of the country’s best defenders.

The Jayhawks guard scored a team-leading 21 points and posted 12 rebounds against the Sooners. He also had three 3-pointers.

Garrett was the Naismith Men's Defensive Player of the Year last season and received votes for the Associated Press’ preseason All-America team.


Following a three-game home stretch, the Sooners are back on the road on Tuesday. OU and Texas are scheduled for a 6 p.m. tipoff in Austin on ESPN2.

Joe Buettner


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