Sooners cruise to victory

No turkey hangover for the Sooners as OU plays a clean, effective game on offense to roll to a 101-81 victory.

NORMAN, Okla. – The Oklahoma basketball team earned a lot of confidence with the way it performed last weekend. Nothing it did Friday will hurt it, either.

Sparked by a huge first half, the Sooners cruised to a 101-81 victory against visiting Arkansas-Little Rock on Friday afternoon.

As has been the case for most of the season, it was a balanced effort leading the way. Senior Cameron Clark had a game-high 22 points, but five OU players scored in double figures.

The Sooners held a tight 25-23 lead before exploding in the second half of the first half en route to a 59-44 lead at halftime. OU played a relatively clean game with 23 assists to just 10 turnovers, including a 14-5 mark in the first half.

"One word that would describe this group of guys is unselfish," coach Lon Kruger said. "They're not concerned about the stat sheet or anything like that. It's a lot of guys making plays for each other."

One of those was freshman point guard Jordan Woodard who continued his solid start to the season. He scored a career-high 16 points, while also dishing out four assists.

"My coaches and my teammates are giving me a lot of confidence," Woodard said. "They don't want me to play laid back and play like a freshman."

His performances so far are showing why OU fans were so excited about his arrival. It's not the scoring as much as how he controls the game. Woodard only had one turnover in 27 minutes Friday.

Sophomore guard Buddy Hield added 17 points, while Isaiah Cousins had 14 points to go with a game-high five assists.

It wasn't all the guards as Ryan Spangler had 11 points and 10 rebounds.

"He has good anticipation ability," said Kruger about why Spangler is so effective as a rebounder. "And he works at it."

The 101 points is the most for OU since the 2004-05 season. The Sooners (5-1) return to Lloyd Noble Center 8 p.m. CST Monday against Mercer.

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