The Sooners certainly weren’t looking ahead to the 76 Classic less than a week away, they came out focused on the game at present. This was confirmed by a dominating performance from start to finish as the Oklahoma Sooners (2-0) cruised past the Coppin State Eagles (1-2) by a score of 92-65 Friday evening.
The performance on defense was certainly noteworthy. There was a stretch in the first half in which the Sooners held CSU scoreless for nearly nine minutes, going on a 23-0 run to take a demanding 30-6 lead. They held the Eagles to just 23% shooting in the first. From there, it was smooth sailing for Oklahoma, who never saw their lead dwindle to below 15 on their way to another win.
Despite the grandeur of the defensive effort, perhaps the most impressive stat to come out of tonight’s victory was the rebounding. The Sooners took a +34 advantage on the boards outrebounding the Eagles 61-27. Rebounding is something that has been highly stressed this season, and it looks like, tonight at least, the Sooners got the memo.
However, don’t let all of this overshadow the offensive performance. The Sooners scored 90+ points tonight, on 46% shooting, for the first time since 2009.
Romero Osby led the way on the glass adding a second straight double-double, with 11 points and 10 boards. He also contributed a steal and a block apiece tonight.
After being suspended in the opener, Steve Pledger finally got to showcase his improvement from last season tonight and he certainly took advantage of the opportuinty, leading in scoring with 20 points on 57% shooting. He added three assists and a couple of boards making him the Sooner Player of the Game.
Though he was quiet for most of the night Cameron Clark provided Sooner fans with one slam they won’t soon forget. Assisted by Carl Blair, Clark drove from the three point line for a nasty reverse windmill slam that left the Lloyd Noble Center rocking. Let’s just say, if this dunk doesn’t make the Sportscenter Top 10 Plays, it will be very disappointing.
Calvin Newell had another solid game, chipping in 14 points in 18 minutes off the bench. Andrew Fitzgerald again had a strong 2nd half, scoring eight of his 10 in the final period, he also added a nice effort on the glass with eight boards.
CJ Washington, Casey Arent and Barry Honore all played a key role rebounding as reserves, and combined for 20 rebounds backing up Osby and Fitzgerald. In addition Tyler Neal added nine points shooting 50% from the field and Carl Blair and Sam Grooms together had eight points and five assists.
Overall, it was indeed a very dominant performance. They proved their depth once more and every player that logged 10+ minutes had at least four points. Again, the rebounding and defense were additional positives to an awesome game from the Oklahoma Sooners. It couldn’t have been a better performance before they prepare for their first round game in the 76 Classic against Washington State, this coming Thursday.
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