Coppin State had no interest in getting mauled like the last Sooner opponent, Hartford, did last Saturday by a score of 92-52.
To avoid such an embarrassment, Coppin State adopted a policy of slowdown basketball that led to the 69-47 final score that might have led some in attendance to think that they had been beamed up to a Big East game somewhere on the coast.
"Coppin State is one of those teams that is going to keep the game ugly, and that's OK," coach Kelvin Sampson said. "That's the way they coach. There's nothing wrong with that."
Still, Oklahoma took advantage of the slow pace by putting on a defensive clinic for the 6,000 or so in attendance. OU held the Coppin State to just 36 percent shooting from the field, along with forcing 16 Eagle turnovers.
"They test your defensive patience, they test your concentration, and then on defense they're going to force you to play slow," Sampson said.
Coppin State coach Fang Mitchell was impressed with the Sooners ability to take advantage of the pace and not try to force things.
"There's no question they kept their poise in situations where we tried to be patient," Mitchell said. "Their defensive pressure was just tremendous and it got to the point where it caused us a lot of problems after a while."
On the offensive side of the ball, Hollis Price came through with his most consistent game of the young season. The New Orleans senior led all scorers with 22 points. Price was 6-12 from the field, 5-8 from behind the arc and 5-6 from the charity stripe.
The OU backcourt as a unit had a fine day. Quannas White had an extremely solid day running the point, but he also showed some offensive firepower as he finished the day with 13 points, seven assists and three rebounds.
The only other Sooner to reach double figures in scoring was Ebi Ere with 10. Ebi's minutes were limited throughout the day due to foul trouble. He was kept in check for most of the minutes he saw in the first half and was only able to register three points in the opening half. This is the first game of the year that Ere has not led Oklahoma in scoring.
The player that received the majority of Sampson post-game praise was Kevin Bookout, who finished with 11 boards, the first double-digit rebound total of his career.
"I just kept working hard to get them every time down the court," Bookout said. "We were down four rebounds at halftime and coach made it real clear in our locker room what we had to do on the boards and we just got after it."
Jimmy Boykin and Deke Thompson were the only two Coppin State players to reach double figures. They finished with 17 and 14 points respectively.
With the win, Sampson improves to 6-0 against Coppin State. Mitchell now drops to 0-9 in his career against Oklahoma.
The Sooners return to action next week in the second game of a doubleheader with the OU women. The ladies will take on SMU at noon while the men will face Georgia State at 4.
BMart's Player of the Game
Hollis Price: 22 points, two rebounds and two
steals on 6-12 shooting from the floor. He was 5-8 from 3-point land.
BMart's Play of the Game
On what is becoming a trend, Oklahoma hit another buzzer beater to end the first half. This time it was Hollis
Price draining a three from the corner following a sweet dish from Quannas White in the paint to make it 35-20 at the break.
OU-Coppin State Box Score
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