Longar, Sooners pull away late from Chaminade

Junior center Longar Longar scored 24 points and grabbed 14 boards in OU's 72-57 win over Chaminade.

Longar Longar saved his best for Oklahoma's last game in Hawaii.

The 6-foot-11 center, who was averaging 17.5 points per game entering the tournament, had scored just 12 points combined in OU's first two Maui Invitational games against Memphis and Purdue.

But Wednesday night was a different story as the Sudan native scored 24 points and grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds as the Sooners (3-2) escaped Division II Chaminade with a 72-57 win to finish seventh place in the eight team field.

Oklahoma led 37-27 at halftime, but the Silverswords would cut the lead to 43-42 with 13:38 to go. The Sooners then responded with a 9-2 run, which included two 3-pointers by David Godbold and one by Mike Neal, to push the lead to 52-44 with 8:01 to play.

Chaminade would climb back to within four points at 56-52 with 6:06 left, but OU responded with 3-pointers — two by Austin Johnson and one by Godbold — on three of their next five scoring possessions to pull away for good.

Back to Longar, the junior center finished 12-of-13 from the field and scored eight straight points during one stretch of the first half.

Johnson and Taylor Griffen joined Longar in double figures with 13 and 11 points respectively. Johnson scored all 13 in the second half and 11 in the final 5:30 while Griffin, who also finished with 10 rebounds, scored 11 of OU's first 13 points as they built an early 13-4 lead.

Oklahoma outrebounded Chaminade 45-27 and shot 43.8 percent from the field to the Silverswods 36.7 percent. The Sooners, while hitting several clutch 3-pointers, still struggled behind the arc hitting just 9-of-31 attempts. Senior sharpshooter Mike Neal continued his early season shooting woes going just 2-of-11 from 3-point range.

Oklahoma will return to action Saturday, Dec. 2 for a matchup against TCU at the Lloyd Noble Center.

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