OU-North Texas Game Notes

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
NOVEMBER 11, 2013

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Oklahoma 95, North Texas 82

• Oklahoma shot 52.9 percent from the field and 44.4 percent (8-for-18) from 3-point range in a 95-82 win over North Texas. The Sooners (2-0) won their home opener for the 20th straight season.

• OU's 95 points were its most in four years.  The Sooners also scored 95 in a 24-point win over Mount St. Mary's in the 2009-10 season opener (127 games ago).

• North Texas scored the first points of the game 26 seconds into the contest, snapping OU's streak of 194 minutes and 52 seconds of not trailing at home.  The Sooners hadn't trailed at Lloyd Noble Center since Feb. 9 vs. Kansas (14-13 with 14:27 left in first half).  In their final four home games last year against TCU, Baylor, Iowa State and West Virginia, the Sooners were never behind.

• OU led by as many as 14 points in the first half (42-28) before settling for a 48-38 halftime advantage.  North Texas used an 8-0 run to cut OU's margin to just four (66-62) with 12:19 remaining in the game before the Sooners quickly pushed the margin back to nine with five straight points.  The Mean Green never got closer than six points the rest of the way.

• For the second straight game, OU sophomore guard Buddy Hield produced a career-high point total.  Hield, who finished with 19 points in Friday's win over Alabama, netted 23 points tonight on 7-for-14 field goal, 3-for-4 3-point and 6-for-6 free throw shooting.  He didn't score his first points until 8:28 remained in the first half.  Hield played 29 minutes and added three rebounds, an assist and two steals without committing a turnover.

• Senior forward Tyler Neal came off the bench to supply 12 points (the fourth most of his career), a career-high eight rebounds and a blocked shot in 22 minutes of playing time.  Neal was 5-for-9 from the field and four of his rebounds were offensive.  His 12 points were his most since netting 18 against Arkansas during his sophomore season (Dec. 10, 2011).

• Three Sooners scored 11 points each.  They were sophomore forward Ryan Spangler (4-for-5 field goal shooting, team-high nine rebounds), senior forward Cameron Clark (5-for-10 shooting, made his last four) and sophomore guard Je'lon Hornbeak (4-for-7 shooting, 5 rebounds, three assists and three steals off the bench).

• Freshman guard Frank Booker hit a pair of 3-pointers and contributed a traditional 3-point play for nine points in 11 reserve minutes.  Starters Jordan Woodard and Isaiah Cousins each scored seven points and combined for 10 assists (six by Woodard).  Cousins had no turnovers in 25 minutes.

• North Texas senior guard Alzee Williams scored a game-high 24 points on 8-for-12 shooting.  He made both of his 3-point attempts and went 6-for-9 at the foul line while adding six rebounds in 30 minutes.

• After committing just nine turnovers in the season opener against Alabama, the Sooners had only 11 tonight.

• OU is back in action Wednesday when it hosts Idaho (1-0) at 7 p.m. CT at Lloyd Noble Center.



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