Shep­herd’s role ex­pands

The Oklahoman (Sunday) - - SPORTS -

— In Ok­la­homa’s 88-80 loss at Iowa State on Satur­day, Jor­dan Shep­herd was given his first ex­tended look in awhile. Shep­herd, who is Trae Young’s backup at point guard, played a sea­son­high 28 min­utes, mostly to­gether with Young.

“He gave us a lit­tle bit bet­ter ac­tiv­ity, es­pe­cially on the de­fen­sive end,” Soon­ers coach Lon Kruger said. “More guys just have to step up and play their min­utes bet­ter.”

Shep­herd hadn’t played more than 13 min­utes in any game since Big 12 play be­gan in late De­cem­ber.

“He just brought en­ergy,” Chris­tian James said. “He was ac­tive on de­fense and just made the right play.

“He’s com­pet­ing. That’s all we need. If we com­pete ev­ery night for 40 min­utes, we’ll be fine.”

On the other side, Kameron McGusty played a ca­reer-low four min­utes.

Ten-sec­ond call comes quick

With just more than four min­utes re­main­ing in the game, the Cy­clones’ Dono­van Jack­son spun the ball be­hind his back as he drove to try to get past Shep­herd de­fend­ing.

But Khadeem Lat­tin, trail­ing on the play, reached out and took the ball away from Jack­son in the lane with

4:14 re­main­ing. The ball was briefly knocked away from Lat­tin, who chased it to the side­lines be­fore fir­ing a pass to Rashard Odomes just in­side the half-court line with 4:10 re­main­ing.

Odomes slowed play down, flip­ping it to Young two sec­onds later. Two sec­onds af­ter that, the Soon­ers were called for a 10-sec­ond vi­o­la­tion. The of­fi­cials were cor­rect on the shot clock, which showed 20, but the clock was never re­set af­ter Lat­tin’s strip of Jack­son, who was com­ing up in tran­si­tion af­ter an Ok­la­homa turnover on the other end.

“It’s the Big 12, we’re on the road,” James said af­ter a sigh when asked about the play. “You’re not go­ing to get ev­ery call, you’re not go­ing to like ev­ery call the of­fi­cials make but onto the next play.”

Iowa State missed a 3-pointer on the en­su­ing pos­ses­sion and the Soon­ers quickly con­verted with a long pass from Young to James at the other end.

Up next: At Texas Tech

The Soon­ers play on the road for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive game Tues­day when they play No. 7 Texas Tech in Lub­bock (6 p.m., ESPN).

The game will be Young’s first — and prob­a­bly only — col­le­giate game in the city where he was born. Young’s fa­ther, Ray­ford Young, was a star for the Red Raiders and Young was born in Lub­bock dur­ing his ju­nior sea­son.

The Red Raiders (20-4,

8-3 Big 12) played at Kansas State on Satur­day night.


Young be­came only the third fresh­man in Big 12 his­tory and sec­ond Sooner to score 700 points in a sea­son. Young is within 194 of Kevin Du­rant’s con­fer­ence record and 101 points be­hind Way­man Tis­dale’s OU record. … Lat­tin had three blocks to move within one of ty­ing

Al Beal’s ca­reer record for the Soon­ers. … Among the NBA scouts and ex­ec­u­tives in at­ten­dance was Chicago Bulls gen­eral man­ager Gar For­man. For­man was an as­sis­tant coach for the Cy­clones from 1994-98 be­fore join­ing the Bulls as a scout.



Ok­la­homa guard Jor­dan Shep­herd, who played a sea­son­high 28 min­utes Satur­day, fouls Iowa State’s Dono­van Jack­son dur­ing the Cy­clones’ 88-80 win.

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