Woodard helps Oklahoma avoid upset, beat Abilene Christian
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Jordan Woodard scored 16 points and Oklahoma rallied from an early 10-point deficit to beat upstart Abilene Christian 72-64 on Friday afternoon.
Oklahoma (4-1) won for the 58th time in its last 60 nonconference home games, but the Sooners - a Final Four team a season ago, albeit with only two returning starters - struggled mightily against Abilene Christian (2-2), a Southland Conference program in its final year of transition from NCAA Division II into Division I.
Rashard Odomes scored seven of his 13 points during a three-minute span midway through the second half, helping OU turn a 42-40 lead into a 54-45 advantage. The Sooners overcame poor shooting from the field (36.4 percent) and the free-throw line (63 percent).
The Wildcats were up 30-26 at halftime and were tied with Oklahoma as late as the 13-minute mark. But their top player, Jaylen Franklin, left the game with an apparent knee injury with 14:51 left after scoring 11 points and didn't return. The Wildcats proved unable to keep up with Oklahoma down the stretch in his absence.