NORMAN, Okla. – Oklahoma basketball continues to be a work in progress, but this was a nice step forward for Lon Kruger’s bunch.
OU left little doubt as it cruised to a 92-66 victory against visiting Oral Roberts on Wednesday evening at Lloyd Noble Center.
The Sooners saw a 16-point halftime lead cut to 50-41 before the defense led to offense and put the game away with a 16-2 run.
"Good ballgame in which a lot of guys played well and made a lot of plays for each other," Kruger said. "I thought we had good energy to start with. Defensively, we created some opportunities in transition from our defense. A lot of guys stepped up and made good plays for each other, shot the ball well. We gotta keep working at it and keep making progress."
It was another balanced effort for Kruger’s group with Christian James leading the way with 17 points, followed by Jordan Woodard with 15 points.
Once again, Kruger emptied the bench and let the players dictate who would see time. This time around it was tough to deny anybody as four players scored nine points.
OU shot 51 percent from the floor, including hitting an impressive 11 of 23 attempts from long distance. It was James there, as well, doing the damage at 3-of-4 on his 3-point shots.
Khadeem Lattin and James each had four steals for the Sooners, who moved to 6-2 this season and had 16 steals in the game. OU earned 39 points from its bench in one of its best overall efforts of the year.
Back in the winning column, the Sooners have a big showdown against Wichita State looming 3 p.m. CST at Chesapeake Arena in Oklahoma City.