In the second game of their international tour of New Zealand and Australia, the Oklahoma Sooners took down the Sutherland Sharks by a score of 129-51 in South Sydney. You can watch (or re-watch) the full game here.
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After finishing last year with one of the worst records OU and Lon Kruger have ever had, the young and talented Sooners have started out hot on their international tour. This feisty group has been led by new freshman phenom Trae Young at the point, and a crowded depth chart to help him out. Young led the team with 23 points and five steals while dishing out nine assists.
This game was over shortly after it began. Oklahoma grabbed a 32-14 lead after the first quarter, and only gave up 11 points in the second quarter, giving them a 60-25 lead at the half. The Sooners carried this momentum over into the second half and lead by 49 points after three quarters of play. The dominant Sooners defense once again only allowed 11 points in the fourth quarter and extended their lead to 78 points to win the game.
Although it is hard to gauge just how solid this OU squad is when seeing them against this competition, they have not disappointed in these exhibition games. The OU defense suffocated the Sharks, grabbing 26 steals to end the game.
Some of the star players outside of Young included Christian James, Kameron McGusty and Brady Manek. James was perfect from downtown, shooting 5/5 from the 3-point line and contributing 21 points. McGusty added 15 points and shot 63 percent from the field. Manek had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
The Sooners’ next game will be another bright and early contest at 4:30 AM against the Sydney Kings. This game will be broadcast via YouTube through the Australian Sports Network.