Take 3: Oklahoma vs. SWOSU

Sooners put together complete game in 41-point blowout

Closing out its exhibition season, Oklahoma cruised to a dominating 78-37 victory against Southwestern Oklahoma State.

Led by four players in double figures, the Sooners started strong behind seven unanswered points to open the game and led by double figures for 31:12 of the contest.

Isaiah Cousins and Frank Booker each had a game-high 15 points, Ryan Spangler had 11 points and 10 rebounds and Buddy Hield finished with 10.

Freshman forward Khadeem Lattin pulled down 10 rebounds as the Sooners shot 48.5 percent from the field.

Oklahoma opens the regular season against Southeastern Louisiana at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Sooners showing defensive intensity . . . After allowing 24 points in the first half against Washburn and not pulling away until after halftime, Oklahoma showed a stronger focus on the defensive aspect of its game against SWOSU.

The Sooners held the Bulldogs to just 18 points in the first half and kept SWOSU to just a 24.1 shooting percentage for the game.

“I think our guys’ focus has been defensively,” coach Lon Kruger said. “Their mechanics have been good. . . . We’ll look at the tape (Wednesday), and we’ll see some things we like from a starting point: Communication, reaction to pass and cut.

Defensively, it was a good challenge for us.”

Kruger said the Bulldogs’ motion offense, built on quick ball movement and fast cuts, was a good point of preparation for Oklahoma.

Starting point for the season is high . . . The expectations for this season were high, and after a balanced effort Tuesday night, the Sooners feel that they have a great starting point.

“Obviously, there’s a lot of work to be done if we want to get where we want to get,” said Spangler, who attempted just one shot in the first game. “I think we’re at a higher starting point than we had been lately. Every day we keep getting better. I think my teammates are willing to come in every day to work to get better.”

Oklahoma shot better than 50 percent in the first half and scored 42 points in the paint, 26 off second-chance opportunities.

“I just think it’s the beginning of something big,” Cousins said. “Each game we’re just going to learn and build as a team. You’re just going to get better each game and each practice.”

Lattin continues to make strides . . . The freshman big continues to show that he could be a focal point for the Sooners this season.

Coming off the bench less than two minutes into the game Tuesday, Lattin finished with 10 rebounds, four on the offensive end. It was Lattin’s second straight game with double-digit rebounds.

“He for sure gets better every day,” Spangler said. “From when he first came in to where he is now, it’s crazy how much better he got. What helps him is he works hard. He’s going to be ready to play. He works hard enough to put himself in the right position.”

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