MEN'S BB: Crocker Leads Sooners Past TCU

Tony Crocker nailed six first-half 3-pointers and scored a career-high 24 points as Oklahoma dominated TCU on the road. The Sooners put together one of their finest overall performances in the season, shooting over 50 percent from the field and out-rebounding TCU 50-33.

FT. WORTH, Texas – One night after the University of Oklahoma football team put together one of its most impressive performances of the season in Texas, the men's basketball team followed suit.

On the strength of Tony Crocker's career night, the Sooners blew past Texas Christian University, 90-66, at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.

Crocker was 6-of-7 from 3-point range and scored 24 points while pulling down nine rebounds. Every trey and 20 of his points came in the first half when Oklahoma built a 45-27 lead. His point total was a career-high while his rebound total tied one.

"I thought Crock was terrific," Oklahoma head coach Jeff Capel said. "He did a lot of things for us."

Austin Johnson, who finished with 13 points, was 3-for-5 from long range and three other Sooners hit from downtown as Oklahoma shot 52 percent (12-of-23) beyond the arc.

That outside game was missing last Thursday night when the Sooners dropped a 66-55 decision at USC. With the guards struggling, Oklahoma was never able to open things up for Blake Griffin and Longar Longar in the paint.

But that wasn't the case this time around.

"The thing for us is, if we can get good consistent guard play and make shots, that helps our post guys," Capel said. " I felt kind of bad for Blake at USC because he was double- or triple-teamed the whole game, even before he caught the ball. But when we're making shots like this, hopefully that opens things up even more for our inside guys for them to be able to play one-one-one. We think they can be difficult to guard when they're played one-one-one."

Griffin responded with 15 points on 7-of-12 shooting. Longar added nine points and a team-high 10 rebounds.

Oklahoma was also able to rebound better as a result, pulling down season-highs of 18 offensive and 50 total boards.

"That certainly helps when you make shots," Capel said. "It makes everything look better."

It couldn't look much better than Crocker in the first half. His third trey of the night, just five-and-a-half minutes into the game, gave Oklahoma a 14-4 lead, one that kept expanding.

"Once you hit some and you kind of get going, you feel like you're going to hit your next few," Crocker said. "So even when they started guarding me tighter I was still feeling it."

Crocker, a sophomore from San Antonio, may have had a little extra motivation considering who was in the stands.

"Yeah, there was," he said, referring to his mother. "We were stretching before the game and I was looking for her. I was real happy that my mom, my little brother and my cousin could come. Coach Capel said that if I'm going to play like that every time in front of my mom that she needs to come to all of our games."

TCU (4-2) expected to offer more resistence, but the Sooners distanced themselves from the start.

"TCU had been playing really well up to this point. We had a great deal of respect for their team, their program," Capel said. "They played Texas Tech awfully tough and that got our guys' attention. They led for a good part of that game. I was really proud of our guys."

After building the 18-point lead at the break, the Sooners started the second half with an 18-3 run. They led by as many as 37 and the 90 points is the most scored by Oklahoma in a true road game since 1996.

Oklahoma (6-2) returns home at 7 p.m. Wednesday to take on Tulsa at the Lloyd Noble Center.

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