Forward Jalen Hill scored 8 of 10 and finished with a game-high 22 points to help the University of Oklahoma defeat the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff 66-58 in men’s basketball Friday night at Norman, Okla.
UAPB (1-2) played their third game in the first week of the season, losing a point to Texas Christian University and eliminating Champion Christian College before returning west to Lloyd Noble Center.
The Golden Lions kept things tight throughout the game as the lead changed hands 12 times and the score was tied six times.
Shaun Doss Jr. finished with 17 points and Ismael Plet had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Lions.
Kylen Milton kicked a dunk to give UAPB a 22-20 lead with 5:43 left before halftime.
The basket scored its only points of the half, but the point guard finished with 13.
Oklahoma (1-1), which suffered a 52-51 loss to Sam Houston State University, led the UAPB 30-26 at halftime. Hill shot 4-for-5 from the floor and scored 11 points in each half, while Grant Sherfield woke up after a scoreless first half to finish with 16 points.
Sherfield went 6 for 6 at the foul line. Milos Uzan added 11 points for the Sooners.
The Sooners led by as much as 8 points twice in the second half. UAPB cut the deficit to 58-56 with a Milton layup at 2:27, but they were ruled out for the rest of the way.
Milton made 2 free throws with 24 seconds left to draw the Lions under four.
The Sooners made 4 of 4 free throws from there to wrap up the win.
UAPB shot 23 of 56 (41.1%) from the floor, going from 3 of 10 to 3-pointers. The Lions made 9 of 13 free throws (69.2%).
Oklahoma shot 22 of 46 (47.8%) from the field but was only 3 of 14 from the arc and made 19 of 28 free throws (67.9%).
The UAPB will travel to Mississippi State University for a whistleblower at 2 p.m. Sunday.
The game will be broadcast on ESPN+.
Mississippi State improved to 2-0 after beating the University of Akron 73-54 on Friday.