What a year it's been so far for David Godbold.
With starters Drew Lavender and Lawrence McKenzie and reserve Brandon Foust serving a one-game suspension, Godbold picked up the slack in the Sooners' (4-1) 67-44 win over Coppin State (0-4) Wednesday night in Norman.
Godbold, a true freshman from Oklahoma City who initially came to Norman as a walk-on before earning a scholarship prior to the season, scored a career-high 14 points, grabbed seven rebounds and hit four of his six three-point attempts in his first start as a Sooner.
The Eagles, who lost to Texas 86-50 on Monday night in Austin, played Oklahoma to a 6-6 tie early on. However, from that point on the Sooners used a 22-12 run from that point on to take a 28-18 halftime lead.
The Eagles stayed within 10-15 points for most of the second half, but a 10-0 run — highlighted by two Longar Longar dunks — late in the game helped the Sooners pull away for good.
Terrell Everett and Jaison Williams joined Godbold in double figures with 13 and 11 points respectively. Kevin Bookout also added 11. Everett also chipped in a game-high nine rebounds and six assists.
Oklahoma shot under 50 percent (21-52) from the field for the first time this season, but finished with a season-low 10 turnovers.
Sampson said that the suspensions of the sophomore trio, who broke a team rule during the Sooners' trip to Alaska, would just be for one game. Senior forward Johnnie Gilbert did not play because due to a pulled hip muscle.
The Sooners will get the next six days off before taking on Purdue next Wednesday night in West Lafayette Ind.
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Short-handed Sooners shutdown Coppin State
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