With the 87-65 win, Oklahoma improved to 1-1 on the season and 4-0 in the series with
UC Irvine. The Sooners have won 23 of the past 24 regular season home openers. OU improved to 9-0 in home openers under Kelvin Sampson. The win also marked Oklahoma's 23rd consecutive at home.
Oklahoma's 22-point margin of victory was the most for the Sooners since a 78-51 win
(27 points) at Nebraska on January 16, 2002.
Forward Kevin Bookout started his second straight game for the Sooners. With his start against Alabama last Thursday, Bookout became just the second freshman to start the first game of the season for Oklahoma under ninth-year head coach Kelvin Sampson. Bookout played 29 minutes tonight and finished with 12 points, seven rebounds and two steals.
OU spread the scoring around with all five starters scoring in double digits. Ebi Ere led the Sooners with 14 points. He was followed by Hollis Price and Quannas White (13 each), Kevin Bookout (12) and Jabahri Brown (11).
Oklahoma amassed 24 points off turnovers compared to eight for UC Irvine. OU scored 18 points off fast breaks vs. 10 for the Anteaters. The Sooners nabbed 15 second-chance points while allowing just two for UC Irvine.
Senior guard Quannas White recorded a career-high five steals on the night. His previous high was four steals (four times).
Redshirt freshman Matt Gipson saw the first action of his Sooner career in a regular season game playing for two minutes with two points and two rebounds.
The Sooners, who made just two 3-pointers on only 10 attempts versus Alabama, were 8-for-24 tonight from long range.
UC Irvine committed 23 turnovers tonight to OU's nine.
True freshman Larry Turner played for nine minutes and recorded four points, three rebounds, one assist, one block and one steal. All the stats were career firsts for Turner except rebounds - the Milledgeville, Ga. product hauled in a rebound against Alabama.
Oklahoma will play Princeton in the Sooner Invitational championship game tomorrow at approximately 2 p.m. The noon consolation game will feature Western Michigan and UC Irvine.
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