Record-setting run pushes Sooners to win

OU scores NCAA record 39 unanswered points against Weber State

At some point Monday night, points lost their luster for No. 19 Oklahoma.

Buddy Hield’s two-handed alley-oop seemed decent, and forward TaShawn Thomas’ usually impressive leaner in the lane was just OK.

It’s not that Oklahoma wasn’t executing its offense or earning its points, but as the Sooners’ record-setting run extended, points just lost their necessity.

Oklahoma scored 39 unanswered points in the first half, setting the NCAA record for most consecutive points against a Division I opponent and cruised to a 85-51 victory that was much greater than the final score indicated.

“You’re aware that there’s a really good run going on,” Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said. “You don’t stop to think about the numbers.”

Oklahoma (8-3) held Weber State, which made the NCAA Tournament last season, without a field goal for the first 7:05 and then scored 39 unanswered points during the next 10 minutes.

“I don't think we knew the count but I knew we were getting what shots we wanted,” Oklahoma forward Ryan Spangler said. “I think we were doing a good job on defense, taking away from what they wanted to do, and once they did, they kept running into the shot clock, and I think we stayed aggressive and made them take tough shots.”

Oklahoma’s record bested the mark set by Utah State against Idaho during the 2005-06 season. Utah State scored 37 straight points.

Weber State (4-6), which has lost all three road games this season, was shooting 5 percent from the field at one point, scored just 12 points in the first half and finished the game with 23 turnovers.

“We go whitewashed,” Wildcats coach Randy Rahe said. “ . . . Bottom line is they got rid of us early (Monday), really by halftime.”

Spangler and Jordan Woodard led all scorers with 15 points each as five Sooners finished in double figures and seven finished with at least eight points.

Guard Isaiah Cousins had only eight points but also dished out eight assists as Oklahoma shot 68.8 percent from the field in the first half.

“They weren't getting good looks on defense,” Cousins said. “Last game, our defense wasn't really there so we kind of picked it back up (Monday), and we were playing every possession on defense so it was a great thing for us.”

Oklahoma self-reports sanctions

Just before tip-off Monday night, Oklahoma announced that they had self-reported a “limited” violation to the NCAA.

There were no players on the roster who unexpectedly missed the game. C.J. Cole was absent due to an illness, and Frank Booker sat for his second straight game with a neck injury.

“Our monitoring system worked as designed and our compliance staff became aware of a violation,” OU Vice President and Athletics Director Joe Castiglione said in a press release by the school. “The resulting investigation confirmed the information we received. We are committed to a culture of compliance. Unfortunately, a breach occurred and we have taken the corrective action we believe to be appropriate.”

Multiple media outlets reported that strength and conditioning coach Jozsef Szendrei had been dismissed from his position with the team in connection to the violation.

Buford finally on the sideline, at practice

After a bizarre academic issue that kept freshman forward Dante Buford off the team for his first semester at Oklahoma, he was finally cleared to join the team.

Buford had a credits issue with his high school, Arlington Country Day School, that kept him from being academically eligible for the Sooners.

After a successful first semester, Buford was cleared by the NCAA to practice with the team and can therefore be redshirted.

The 6-foot-7 forward watched his first game from the bench Monday.

Christmas in Hawaii for Oklahoma.

Oklahoma announced this weekend that will participate in the 2015 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic at the Stan Sheriff Center. The field includes Auburn, BYU, Harvard, New Mexico, Northern Iowa, Washington State and tournament host Hawai'i.

Games will be played on Dec. 22, 23 and 25.

Four of the teams participated in the 2014 NCAA Tournament, including Oklahoma, BYU, Harvard and New Mexico.

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