Aaron McGhee is back.
On a snowy, icy night outside of the Lloyd Noble Center, McGhee was hot inside after struggling to find his scoring touch in the Sooners first two games of the season.
McGhee, who was OU's second leading scorer last season with a 12.9 average, came into Wednesday nights game only averaging six points per game after scoring nine against Central Connecticut and three against Michigan State.
McGhee came back with avengeance recording a double-double in Oklahoma's (2-1) 81-64 win over Central Michigan (2-2) Wednesday in Norman.
The senior from Aurora, Ill. almost single-handedly carried the Sooners in the first half with 14 points, helping the Oklahoma take a 38-36 lead at the half.
"I wanted to come out and play with confidence. I wanted to get back down low and get my touch back," said McGhee.
"I want to work as hard as possible and do everything I can to help us win. Some nights your scoring is there, some nights it's not. If they double-team me, I'm going to try to set up my teammates. If I have the chance to score and do things inside, I will do my best to do that."
"I knew he was going to get it going," said Oklahoma Head Coach Kelvin Sampson.
"Every day in practice, he works so hard. He stays after and shoots. He takes his time and it pays off when you work hard."
Hollis Price picked up where McGhee left off in the first half, scoring 15 of his 17 points in the second session as Oklahoma used a 14-2 run in the first six minutes to blow the game open. Daryan Selvy would later convert a three-point play midway through the second half to give the Sooners their largest lead at 64-47.
Junior forward Jason Detrick came off the bench to add 17 and Quannas White dished out a game-high 10 assists.
Whitney Robinson led the Chippewas with 17 points and Mike Manciel added 15.
Central Michigan's leading scorer and star shooting guard David Webber, who is the brother of former Michigan and current Sacramento Kings star Chris Webber, was held in check for the most part by the stifling defense of Hollis Price.
Webber, who picked up his fourth foul early in the second half trying to keep up with the speedy Price, finished with 10 points on 4-of-10 shooting.
"We beat a good team tonight," said Sampson. "I wouldn't want to be playing a team like Central Michigan when March rolls around."
"I think the two weeks of practice that we had was good for us and really helped our shot selection. Tonight was a good step in the right direction for this team."
Next up for the Sooners is Arkansas Friday in Fayetteville. The Sooners will be going for their fourth consecutive win over the Hogs in the last of a four-game series.
Arkansas improved to 3-1 Wednesday evening with at 79-75 win at Tulsa.
CENTRAL MICHIGAN (2-2)
Manciel 6-13 2-3 15, Pleiness 2-5 0-0 4, Kaman 6-9 0-0 12, Robinson 3-11 9-11 17, Webber 4-10 0-0 10, Wallace 1-4 0-0 2, Bowne 0-0 0-0 0, Meerman 0-0 0-0 0, Brigitha 0-0 2-2 2, Dentlinger 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 23-53 13-16 64.
McGhee 5-11 8-9 19, Gilbert 3-4 0-0 6, Ere 3-8 0-0 7, White 3-5 0-0 8, Price 7-14 2-2 17, Cano 0-0 0-0 0, Detrick 5-9 7-8 17, Johnston 0-1 0-0 0, Ainooson 0-0 0-0 0, Selvy 3-5 1-1 7, Szendrei 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-57 18-20 81.
Halftime-Oklahoma 38, Central Michigan 36. 3-point goals-Central Michigan 5-17 (Manciel 1-4 Robinson 2-6, Webber 2-6, Wallace 0-1). Oklahoma 5-18 (McGhee 1-3, Ere 1-3, White 2-4, Price 1-4, Detrick 0-2, Johnston 0-1, Selvy 0-1). Fouled out-None. Rebounds-Central Michigan 25 (Kaman 7), Oklahoma 37 (McGhee 11). Assists-Central Michigan 13 (Pleiness 4), Oklahoma 17 (White 10). Total fouls-Central Michigan 23, Oklahoma 17. A-8,836.
McGhee gets double-double in OU's win over CMU
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