Coach Lon Kruger's Oklahoma men couldn't slow down guard Daryl Macon and the Arkansas Razorbacks in a 92-83 loss in the first round of the PK80 tournament on Thanksgiving at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon.
The Sooners' (2-1) poor shooting from behind the arc, 8 for 29, combined with Macon catching fire, 6 for 8 from deep to lead Arkansas with 27, kept the Razorbacks (4-0) ahead for most of the game. Despite topping 20 points in his second straight outing, OU freshman point guard Trae Young's 28 weren't enough to keep up. Young also recorded five assists but had four turnovers.
He wasn't the only Sooner to get a little loose with the ball. With Arkansas employing a full-court press at times, OU had a season-high 19 turnovers and often chose to slow down from its breakneck speed in its first two wins. Thus, the Sooners offense, which came in with the country's top scoring offense, 108 points per game, couldn't generate the same amount of open looks. A few Sooners really struggled to get into rhythm.
Guard Kameron McGusty still hasn't found his shooting touch. Voted preseason All-Big 12 honorable mention along with Young, McGusty went 3 for 11, 0 for 4 from deep, Thursday, finishing with seven points. Freshman forward Brady Manek had a few easy baskets in transition, but he finished 0 for 5 from deep, tallying just 6 points, the first time he had been held to single digits.
Still, the defensive issues came to the forefront when Arkansas scored on seven of its last nine possessions after OU trimmed the lead to 80-79 with 3:22 left. Forward Khadeem Lattin had his second double-double of the season.