Oklahoma is officially back on track. And thanks to senior forward Ebi Ere, the Sooners added some more hardware for the trophy cases atop the Lloyd Noble Center concourse.
Ere claimed MVP honors as No. 7 Oklahoma won the Sooner Invitational with an 82-63 win over Princeton Saturday afternoon in Norman.
Ere, who led the Sooners with 14 points on Friday night, erupted with a game-high 27 points against the Tigers.
Princeton jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead, but Ere took over the game scoring the Sooners' next nine points and Oklahoma never looked back.
"Some days you hit shots and some days you don't," said Ere, who scored 19 of his 27 in the first half. "Today was just one of those days when the shots were falling for me."
"He's a player. There's no other way to put it," said Princeton Head Coach John Thompson III. "There aren't too many facets of his game where you can look at it and say he's not good."
The Sooners broke the game open with a 15-0 run midway through the first to push the lead to double digits and eventually a 44-29 halftime lead.
Nine players played at least 10 minutes for the Sooners. Jabahri Brown and Hollis Price were the other two Sooners to chip in double figures with 14 and 13 points respectively.
With the win the Sooners improve to 2-1 on the season. Oklahoma will return to action at the Lloyd Noble Center next Saturday against Prairie View A&M.
"This team has a high ceiling because of all the young guys we're playing," said Sampson. "Those guys have to help us this year. We don't get carried away when they play really well, and we don't get carried away when they don't play so well."
"We played a very good team today that's only going to get better," Thompson added. "You look at that squad and they don't have too many weaknesses. From the offensive end, they can put many people on the court and hurt you. They have one of the better defenses in the country."
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