Sooners Move to 6-1

NORMAN, Okla. — Guard Steven Pledger did what he's done his first six games of the regular season, scoring right at his 17-point season average, and the Sooners had a little déjà vu of their own, winning for the 11th consecutive time over the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles by an almost identical score as last year, defeating them 73-59 Thursday night at Lloyd Noble Center.

"I am really happy for the guys," said head coach Lon Kruger, whose Sooners won by 14 after defeating them 73-60 a year ago before he arrived. "I thought a lot of different guys played well. It was a good win, well rounded."

For Pledger, his 17 points on 6-for-11 shooting keeps his perfect streak alive of scoring in double figures every game so far this year.

"That's the main thing I've been trying to do, trying to be consistent every time," Pledger said. "Don't have a burst and then slouch, a burst and then slouch. That's not something that this team needs. So, I'm just trying to keep it consistent."

He had help from his teammates, too.

Guard Cameron Clark, who connected on five of his eight shots, finished with a near double-double of 16 points and eight boards.

"I would say it's coming within the offense," Clark said. "People have been attacking the help defense, so I've been able to knock down wide open shots."

Forward Andrew Fitzgerald added 16 for the Sooners.

ORU forward Dominique Morrison, a preseason selection for All-Summit League First Team, struggled on his way to still scoring 20 points.

He was just 7-of-18 from the field, including a miserable 0-for-4 from behind the arc.

"Personally, I missed a lot of easy shots that I should make, some easy layups," Morrison said. "They crashed the glass hard and got a lot of offensive rebounds, but in order to stay in the game we had to make shots and we just didn't make those easy shots."

The Sooners certainly did.

They converted exactly 50 percent of their attempts in the contest to just 36.7 percent for the Golden Eagles.

ORU took the early 4-0 lead as OU slumped out of the gates, but it eventually woke up, as the two teams traded the lead five times in the first half.

The Sooners took their first lead at 9-8 just more than five minutes in.

They briefly trailed a couple more times but extended a healthy 34-24 advantage by intermission.

The Golden Eagles closed the gap but could never get closer than six the rest of the way.

OU had its largest lead at 16 twice, including 55-39 and 61-45 scores late in the second half, and it rode that to the finish line.

The Sooners, now 6-1, prepare to entertain Arkansas at 2 p.m. CT Saturday inside. Lloyd Noble Center.

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