Oklahoma turns it on in second half to rout Houston Baptist

Elijah Harkless had 13 points and nine rebounds to lead Oklahoma to a 57-40 win over Houston Baptist on Wednesday in Norman, Oklahoma.The Sooners scored 32 points on the Huskies’ 21 turnovers. It was the most turnovers forced by Oklahoma since December 2017.Early on, the Sooners struggled to take advantage of Houston Baptist’s turnovers.That changed in the second half, though.The Sooners trailed at the break but turned up the heat defensively to start the second half, as the Huskies came up empty on their first 11 possessions out of the break.Houston Baptist turned the ball over six times and missed their first seven shots of the second half as Oklahoma scored the first 18 points after the break to stretch their overall run to 22-0 to break the game open.After making just 1 of 12 from behind the arc in the first half, the Sooners’ offense got going by making four of their first six 3-point tries after the break.Oklahoma outscored the Sooners 35-13 after halftime.The Huskies were just 5 of 27 from the floor after halftime after starting the half 2-for-22.Houston Baptist was looking for its first nonconference win over a Division I opponent since 2018.