MBB: OU-Idaho State Postgame Notes

NORMAN, Okla. — Sooners Illustrated has the postgame notes from OU's 78-74 victory over Idaho State right here.

Postgame Notes:

  • Lon Kruger collected his first win as Oklahoma's head coach as the Sooners beat Idaho State 78-74 at Lloyd Noble Center.
  • The Sooners have won 25 of their last 27 season-opening games and 32 of their last 33 home openers. Oklahoma has also dominated home non-conference games, winning 86 of its last 88 non-league home contests and the past 28 straight.
  • OU, which trailed by as many as 10 points in the first half, was still down 54-53 with 10:30 left in the second half. The Sooners used a 6-0 run over the next three minutes to take the lead for good.
  • Sophomore guard Calvin Newell led the Sooners with a career-high 19 points off the bench. The sophomore was 6-for-14 from the field, including 4-for-11 from behind the arc, in his 28 minutes of action.
  • Junior forward Romero Osby posted a double-double in his Sooner debut with career highs of 17 points and 10 rebounds in 31 minutes. The Mississippi State transfer was 5-for-9 from the field (three dunks) and 6-for-7 from the free throw line. He also recorded four assists and a pair of blocks.
  • Also in his OU debut, junior college transfer point guard Sam Grooms scored 11 points and dished out a team-high eight assists against two turnovers in his 37 minutes. The point guard was 7-for-8 from the foul stripe and recorded six rebounds.
  • Guard Carl Blair scored 12 points with the help of 3-for-6 shooting from behind the arc. The junior guard picked up five assists and six rebounds in 27 minutes.
  • The Sooners totaled six blocks on the night, with Osby, forwards Andrew Fitzgerald and Barry Honore each recording two.
  • After a 7-for-29 (.241) first-half shooting performance, the Sooners went 16-for-34 (.471) in the second half. OU shot .365 on the night while Idaho State posted a .467 figure.
  • Oklahoma went 24-for-33 (.727) from the free throw line while Idaho State went 11-for-17 (.647)
  • The Bengals outscored OU 20-10 in fast-break points while the Sooners countered with a 12-2 advantage in second-chance points (OU held a 41-37 rebounding edge)
  • OU's Fitzgerald and guard Cameron Clark combined to average 26.5 points in the team's two exhibition games but were held to a combined nine points tonight on 3-for-17 shooting. Fitzgerald finished with seven points while Clark scored two.

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