Sooners dominate the boards to beat Bama

Oklahoma forward Kevin Bookout gets set to put up a shot during the Sooners' 68-56 win over Alabama Saturday in Norman. Bookout and the Sooners beat outrebounded the Crimson Tide 40-18.(AP Photo/Jerry Laizure)

NORMAN — Kevin Bookout scored 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds, while freshman Austin Johnson came off the bench to add a career-high 14 points, as Oklahoma pulled away from Alabama in the second half to score a 68-56 victory.

Taj Gray scored 13 points, grabbed seven rebounds, had three assists and two blocked shots, and Michael Neal hit three 3-pointers on his way to 11 points.

The Sooners outrebounded the Crimson Tide 40-18, including 16-1 on the offensive boards and held Alabama to 33 percent shooting in the second half after the Tide had hit 63 percent to trail by just one point at halftime. Oklahoma was outstanding at the free throw line as well, missing just one of 18 attempts to shoot 94 percent for the game.

Terrell Everett had just six points on 3-14 shooting, but he handed out a season-high 10 assists and grabbed seven rebounds.

Longar Longar came off the bench after not playing Wednesday night against Oral Roberts and contributed four points, three rebounds and a blocked shot in 11 minutes.

After leading by just one point at halftime, 32-31, the Sooners broke the game open down the stretch and the final margin represented their biggest lead of the game.

OU is now 8-2 on the season, Alabama falls to 6-5.

Next action for the Sooners will be Tuesday when they visit SMU in Dallas.

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