Missouri guard Wes Clark was back in uniform Friday night for the Tigers’ game at Oklahoma after serving what amounted to a one-game suspension.
About an hour before the game, a school official said Clark would play. Namon Wright started his second straight game in place of Clark, who entered the game for the first time about 6 1/2 minutes in and knocked in a three-pointer late in the first half. Clark entered the game as the team’s third-leading scorer at 9.2 points.
Big 12 takes lead
With victories by Oklahoma and Kansas, the Big 12 took a 6-2 lead and therefore clinched the SEC/Big 12 Challenge. Earlier in the day, Kentucky beat Texas. LSU’s victory at West Virginia was the SEC’s other triumph. On Saturday, Kansas State plays at Tennessee and Oklahoma State is at South Carolina.
▪ Key play: Buddy Hield and Jordan Woodard squeezed Keith Shamburger, forced a steal, and Woodard got the ball ahead to Ryan Spangler for a transition dunk to make it 25-20 Oklahoma with 6:05 remaining. The Sooners were on their way to opening a big lead.
▪ Key stat: Eight steals for the Sooners, and Missouri big man Johnathan Williams III had four first-half turnovers.
▪ Key play: Five minutes into the half, Khadeem Lattin hit a jump shot that gave Oklahoma a 52-25 lead, its largest of the game.
▪ Key stat: Mizzou hit six of nine three-pointers after the break, keeping the score from getting out of hand.