After a short delay due to traffic and the late arrival of the Washburn Ichabods, the game officially got started. Shaking the rust off while getting every Oklahoma Sooner player involved, Lon Kruger once again defeated his good friend Bob Chipman, this time 73-48.
As expected Buddy Hield picked up where he left off last season by shooting the ball. Behind a couple of treys, Hield racked up 11 quick points pushing Oklahoma to a 15-5 lead before the first timeout. At that point, Lon Kruger decided to give the starters a break by subbing in the entire second team.
Hield finished the game with 24 points in only 25 minutes of play to lead all scorers.
Booker, Cole, Lattin, Mankin, and Walker are your second group of #Sooners to take the floor.— CC Machine (@CCMachine) November 8, 2014
Interested to see how the incoming crop of players adjusted to Division I basketball, scoring appeared to suffer. Washburn made the most of the opportunity scoring five unanswered points to cut Oklahoma's lead in half. Out of the gate, the addition of another ball handler in Dinjiyl Walker proved vital as Oklahoma maintains a focus on ball protection.
The Sooners turned the ball over just ten times in 40 minutes of play as the bench cleared late into the second half.
Just before the close of the half, Khadeem Lattin received a pass from Jordan Woodard on a break to give fans one highlight on the night. For your viewing pleasure, CCM brings you a view of the play itself!
However, the party was just getting started. With a substantial lead, Isaiah Cousins made the statement that "this is our house!"
By the end of play, we learned that Ryan Spangler plays unselfishly as he recorded two assists and shot the ball once, making it. Possessing a solid work ethic, Spangler continues to make room underneath the basket pulling down 10 rebounds. It will likely be on the younger guys to produce scoring in the blocks.
Overall, Oklahoma shot 39.7% from the field as a team and a sub-par 19.4% from beyond the arc. Warning: do not put too much weight into the stats of an exhibition game as the starters played a max of 25 minutes each. Where there is area for concern is found in the 68% shooting from the charity stripe.
Look for the Sooners next exhibition match-up to take place in McCasland Fieldhouse on Tuesday at 7 PM against Southwestern Oklahoma State.