NORMAN, Okla. – Little did Kelvin Sampson know that his young basketball team would make history when they took the court on Tuesday night. But that's exactly what happened.
De'Angelo Alexander scored a game-high 19 points and three others Sooners scored in double figures as 14th-ranked Oklahoma (4-0) recorded the largest margin of victory in the Sampson era with their 94-24 win over Arkansas Pine-Bluff (0-4).
"Overall, we played pretty well," said Alexander, whose 19 points set a new career high. "We've really been emphasizing getting our offense from our defense and that's what happened tonight."
Prior to Tuesday night, the previous record for margin of victory under Sampson was a 59 point win against Eastern Illinois in 2001. The all-time mark of 95 was set in a 146-51 win against Northeast Illinois in 1989.
The Sooners, who led the Golden Lions 48-9 at halftime, also set a school mark in the Sampson era for the lowest points scored by an opponent at 24. The current school record is 21 points scored by Warrensburg in the 1946-47 season.
"Our practice this week carried onto the court tonight," said Sampson, whose Sooners forced the Golden Lions into 41 turnovers. "We have really been emphasizing better defense in practice. Right now, we don't have any defensive identity, but we're getting better. We're a lot better than we were Nov. 2 and we'll be a lot better come Jan. 2."
Joining Alexander in double figures was Kevin Bookout (14), Jason Detrick (13) and Jabahri Brown (12). Brown also pulled down a game-high nine rebounds, dished out three assists and blocked two shots.
Freshman point guard Drew Lavender only scored six points, but dished out six assists and recorded five steals.
"This team's learning curve is really high," Sampson said. "They're going to learn to play tough defense, rebound and compete hard. They were playing defense out there tonight. Offense might win games, but defense and rebounding wins championships."
Up next for the Sooners is their first road game of the young season this Saturday against Michigan State in Detroit.
"It is going to be a great opportunity for us," said Sampson. "A lot of people believe that Michigan State will win. What some people see as a problem we see as an incredible opportunity. They're a veteran team and began the season as the preseason No. 2 team in the country. This will be great experience for our team."
Tip-off for Saturday's game is set for 11 a.m. CST and will be broadcast nationally on ESPN.
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