Sooners Beat Davidson, Advance to New York

With a big 82-78 win over No. 20 Davidson the Sooners will advance on to play either UAB or Arizona at Madison Square Garden in the semifinals of the pre-season NIT…

It was not a packed house, but there was certainly a lively crowd of 10,793 on hand to watch the Sooners second round NIT match-up against No. 20 Davidson, a game in which No. 12 OU was able to win 82-78.

"It was a great college basketball game," OU head coach Jeff Capel said moments after the nationally televised win. "I feel very fortunate to sit here as the winning coach."

"That is a really, really good basketball team we beat."

"This is why you come to the University of Oklahoma to play games like this," Blake Griffin added.

The biggest names coming in to the contest were pre-season All-American selections Blake Griffin and Stephen Curry, and their individual performances did not disappoint.

Griffin would finish with 25 points and 21 rebounds. 21 of his points would come in the second half.

Davidson's Curry would not have a great night shooting the ball percentage wise, but he still managed to hammer down an amazing 44 points in the loss, the most ever by an opposing player at LNC.

"People got to witness two special performances by two special players (Curry and Griffin)," Capel acknowledged.

Freshman sensation Willie Warren, who cashed in 20 points, had a break out game in the win.

He was able to make things happen with his penetration in to the lane, but more importantly he was able to snap out his 0-for-11 streak from three point range by knocking down his first three attempts of the game from behind the arc.

"I knew it was a matter of time before he started making shots," Capel said. "I felt he got some tough breaks there, but that is the guy we want him to be."

Curry scored 44 points, but all-in-all the OU defense played admirably and limited Davidson to 35% shooting. "It was whole team thing," OU guard Tony Crocker said of the team's defensive performance. "No one can just go out there and stop them by yourself. We did alright."

Up Next: The Sooners will host Gardner-Webb on Saturday at 1:00pm.

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