In a fast paced game reminiscent of a matchup from the 1990s, Oklahoma’s men’s basketball team lost to Arkansas 92-83 in the opener of the PK80 Invitational in Portland, Oregon, on Thursday.
Oklahoma led briefly twice in the first half, but for the most part was playing catchup to the Razorbacks, who were hot early from three-point range and finished the game 9-for-18 beyond the arc.
The Sooners were never down by a large margin, but couldn’t quite erase the deficit in the second half, after taking their final lead at 40-39 in the first half on a 3-pointer by Christian James.
Arkansas led 50-45 at halftime, with OU tying it twice at 65 and 67, but the Sooners were not able to take the lead in the final 20 minutes.
Freshman guard Trae Young led the Sooners with 28 points and made four 3-pointers, including a pair of treys from way beyond what would be the NBA line.
Young led three OU players in double figures.
James had 13 points and Khadeem Lattin 10.
Oklahoma outshot Arkansas from the field overall, 46 percent to 43 percent, but the Sooners struggled from three point range, making just 8 of 29, for 28 percent.
OU also had 19 turnovers, and sent the Razorbacks to the line 33 times, where they made 27.
Daryl Macon led Arkansas with 27 points and made six of the Hogs’ 9 3-pointers.
Oklahoma falls to 2-1 on the season.
The Sooners will next play Portland at 5:00 central time on Friday in the losers’ bracket of the PK80 event, which is being held to celebrate Nike founder Phil Knight’s 80th birthday.