After he was nearly invisible for the first twenty minutes, Elias Harris made Oklahoma understand why he is on virtually every player of the year award watch list. The senior forward from Germany finished the game tonight with 18 points on 7-10 shooting. He had an uncharacteristic four rebounds but was a star for the Bulldogs in the second half. He was 7-10 from the floor, and added a couple steals and only turned it over once. The defining stretch of the game was spearheaded by Harris when he and Gary Bell hit back to back threes and then Elias drove the nail in the coffin with a huge put back slam. In the end, it was a 72-47 win for the Bulldogs.
The second half of tonight's game proves why this team is so praised by Mark Few. They are absolutely deadly in all facets of the game. Their main catalyst, Kevin Pangos, was off for most of the evening and they battled through it with solid games for Gary Bell, a good bench effort from Kyle Dranginis, and some timely play from some of their bigs. In particular, I thought Kelly Olynyk was very solid this evening. He was the victim of a couple bad calls from the officials early but made some very nice plays at crucial points. Olynyk along with Dower, Harris, and Karnowski is a frightening frontcourt for the rest of the nation to face.
Next up is a very dangerous Davidson team. Like Gonzaga, they are very well coached and can put up points in a hurry. It will be a great game but, for now, go ahead and soak in this dominating win!