Sooners rout UNC-Pembroke in final exhibition

Transfer Nate Carter (pictured) scored 15 points in his Sooner debut. (AP Photo/Jerry Laizure)

Norman, Okla. — Oklahoma head coach Kelvin Sampson welcomed his alma mater to Norman, and then his team handed his former school a 56-point beating.

In all, seven Sooners scored in double figures as Oklahoma tuned up for next weekend's season-opener with a 118-62 win over UNC Pembroke Saturday night in Norman.

Junior college transfer Michael Neal came off the bench to lead the Sooners with a game-high 21 points. Neal also lived up his bill from 3-point land, hitting four of his eight attempts from behind the arc.

Senior forward Taj Gray scored 20 points and seven rebounds, while sophomore center Longar Longar came off the bench to add 17 points and a game-high 13 rebounds.

Transfer Nate Carter scored 15 points and grabbed six rebounds in his first game as a Sooner.

Carter, Gray, Terrell Everett, Kevin Bookout and junior college transfer Chris Walker started for Oklahoma. Walker, a 6-foot-3 point guard, finished with just two points, but also added six assists and four steals.

The Sooners shot 59.1 percent (39-66) from the floor and out-rebounded Pembroke 57-16. Oklahoma's defense held Sampson's alma mater to just to just 36.2 percent (21-58) shooting from the floor.

Oklahoma will officially open the 2005-06 season next Saturday against Samford. Tip-off at the Lloyd Noble Center is set for 4 p.m.

OU- UNC Pembroke Box Score

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