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Sooners Second Half Surge Leads To 96-73 Win Over ORU Golden Eagles

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The Oklahoma Sooners held a mere five point lead at half time over the ORU Golden Eagles. Dialing it up a bit in the second half, Buddy Hield and the rest of the crew built upon the lead steadily. By the conclusion of the game, OU walked away with a comfortable 96-73 win.

Each and every time out on the court, Hield may very well be the best player. However, Obi Emegano decided to challenge the reigning Big XII Player of the Year in that regard. Coming out swinging, Emegano fired up 19 shots connecting on 10 of those. As a legitimate scoring threat, the senior from Edmond collected a team high 29 points in 39 minutes against one of the best defenses in the nation.

Brandon Conley, another senior finished with a double-double at 10 points and 11 rebounds. Off the bench, ORU received help from Kris Martin, a talented freshman guard who added 15 points of his own.

Ranking first in the country in field goal percentage allowed at 32.4%, Oklahoma saw the Golden Eagles blow by that number with a respectable 43.8% shooting from the floor. Yet, ORU found themselves unable to match the Sooners output of 50% shooting and 59.3% from beyond the arc.

Hield led the way with a game high 30 point performance while OU continues to move the ball exceptionally well evidenced by the 20 assists. Playing 31 minutes this afternoon, the offensive efficiency of a player like Buddy continues to impress. Yet, the senior is not a one man show.

Jordan Woodard added another 19 points on the scoreboard to go alongside his five assists. Also recording five assists, Isaiah Cousins poured in 15 points of his own while Ryan Spangler racked up 13 points and eight rebounds. This group of starters continues to share the load making them one of the toughest units to guard nationally.

Next, Oklahoma hosts Creighton a week from today before heading back out to Hawaii.