Overall team performance: B-
The Sooners only trailed early in the game, and besides that, they dictated the tempo throughout, leading by as much as 17 at one point in the second half. OU shot the ball especially well in the second half, at 53.8 percent, en route to hitting 46.3 percent of its shots throughout the contest. On the defensive side of the ball, the Sooners held the Hornets to only 35.2 percent, and they took very good care of the ball, turning it over only 11 times. The one and only area they really struggled as a unit was at the free throw line, where they hit only 6-of-13 attempts for 46.2 percent. But that didn't turn out to be a major factor.
G Cade Davis: A
After a miserable 1-for-10 night against Cincinnati over the weekend, Davis responded with 15 points on 6-for-10 shooting this time around. He canned 3-of-7 treys and added three assists and a rebound to go along with those. Davis turned it over a pair of times in 31 minutes.
G Steven Pledger: B-
Pledger played a team-high 34 minutes and managed five points and four rebounds. He was 2-of-7 from the floor and only 1-of-5 from behind the arc. Nothing spectacular stands out about his performance, but there's also nothing too big to complain about. Pledger only turned the ball over once while also distributing an assist.
G Cameron Clark: B
Clark led the team with eight rebounds, and he had four points as well on 2-for-6 shooting. He was one of four Sooners that also played at least 30 minutes in this one, and while he committed two turnovers, it was a positive outing.
G Carl Blair: B-
After starting the game, Blair played just over half the 40 minutes, and he managed six points, two boards, two assists and a blocked shot. Blair was 50 percent from the field, hitting 1-of-2 from behind the arc and 2-of-4 overall, and he didn't turn the ball over at all.
F Andrew Fitzgerald: C+
Fitzgerald, as he has in some other contests, struggled with foul trouble throughout and exited the game at the 3:42 mark in the second half. Despite that, he still had eight points, five rebounds, two assists, two blocks and a steal. It wasn't awful, but he needs to stay out of foul trouble for this team to compete in conference play.
Guard Calvin Newell came off the bench and provided the Sooners with just the spark they needed, leading the team with 17 points on 6-for-9 shooting from the field. He was a scorching 5-for-6 from 3-point range and also had two steals and an assist. The rest of the bench, including forwards C.J. Washington, Tyler Neal, Nick Thompson and Barry Honore, combined to outscore SSU's reserves 28-10.