Dayton has made quite a run, first beating Boise State, then 6-seed Providence, and capturing the hearts of college basketball fans everywhere. But playing six games in 10 days with only seven scholarship players on the roster, and point guard (Scoochie Smith) getting less than 3 minutes rest in the last three games, finally took a toll on Dayton. Dayton only scored 10 points in the last 10:30 of the game, and Oklahoma was able to capitalize with a 72-66 win.
The first half was a battle of three-pointers, with 39 of the 65 total points of the first half coming from behind the arch. Oklahoma jumped out to a 12-point lead, but Dayton’s 15-5 run (thanks to nine Sooner turnovers) at the end of the first half cut Oklahoma’s lead to two at 34-32.
The second half was a series of runs; first Dayton had a 12-0 run, and Oklahoma answered back with a 12-0 run of its own, which ultimately put the game away.
Oklahoma’s Jordan Woodard led the Sooners to victory with 16 points, 3 assists, and 2 rebounds.
Strange, Yet True
Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger is now the first coach ever to lead four different programs to the Sweet 16.
Oklahoma’s defense not allowing any points for nearly 10:30 of playing time in the second half.
Oklahoma takes on Michigan State next weekend for a chance to advance to the Elite 8. Dayton’s season comes to an end with a record of 27-9.