Shepherd’s role expands
— 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.
RYAN ABER, STAFF WRITER
Oklahoma guard Jordan Shepherd, who played a seasonhigh 28 minutes Saturday, fouls Iowa State’s Donovan Jackson during the Cyclones’ 88-80 win.