Oklahoma’s 18th-ranked men’s basketball team looked to be in command at Creighton on Wednesday night, but lost an 18-point lead and eventually the game, 65-63 to the Blue Jays at CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska.
The Sooners took an 18-point lead on the third of Ryan Spangler’s three 3-pointers, and were up 42-24.
Creighton responded with a 21-2 run to take the lead, using hot three-point shooting to get back in the game and then take the lead at 48-46.
The lead then changed hands six times from that point on, before the Blue Jays took the lead for good on a tip-in putback by Zach Hanson with just over a minute to play to make it 63-61 Creighton.
OU’s Jordan Woodard had a chance to give the Sooners the lead with just under a minute to play, but missed a three-pointer.
Two missed free throws by Devin Brooks late gave OU another chance in the waning seconds, but a desperation three-point attempt by Woodard missed at the buzzer, and Creighton’s comeback was complete.
The Blue Jays have won 21 straight at home, and the crowd of 17,393 went crazy as Creighton rallied and won.
Buddy Hield led the Sooners with 21 points, and scored the first seven points of the game as OU began the game on a 10-2 run, but Hield made just 7-of-18 from the field.
Houston transfer TaShawn Thomas had 14 points and 6 rebounds, while Spangler recorded a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
OU held Creighton to just 2-for-14 from three-point range, and just 24 percent from the field overall in the first half, but the Blue Jays made 6-of-12 beyond the arc in the second half and shot 48 percent from the field.
Oklahoma drops to 1-1 on the season, while Creighton improves to 3-0.
The Sooners host Northwestern State of Louisiana on Sunday in Norman at 2:00.