Oklahoma Postgame Notes
Nov. 14, 2008
• Oklahoma improved to 22-2 (.917) in season-opening games over the past 24 years and has won 29 of its last 30 home openers (.967).
• Blake Griffin recorded his 11th career double-double with a game-high 24 points and career-high 18 rebounds. His 18 boards were the most by an OU player in the Jeff Capel era.
• Griffin’s 16 defensive rebounds were just three less than the entire American squad recorded.
• Griffin notched a first-half double-double with 12 points and 11 boards in the opening stanza. He also had a double-double by half in last year’s opener.
• Griffin was 9-of-11 from the field (.818) and connected on his only 3-point attempt (the first long-range make of his career).
• Griffin’s 14 free throw attempts were the fourth most of his career and second most in a non-conference contest.
• Tony Crocker’s 3-point make at the 14:54 mark of the first half began a string of five made treys in six attempts by the Sooners. Cade Davis followed Crocker with three straight makes before Omar Leary’s long-range bucket at the 3:47 mark.
• Davis’ three 3-point makes tied a career high. The sophomore finished with 11 points in just 18 minutes.
• Austin Johnson dished out a game-high eight assists while only committing one turnover.
• Oklahoma shot .538 from the field (28-of-52) on the night. It was 15-of-24 (.625) from the field in the opening half.
• The Sooners recorded 13 steals in tonight’s win, their highest total since Jan. 10, 2006 (14 against Colorado). OU’s 13 steals came on 15 Eagle turnovers.
• American, the Patriot League preseason favorite, suffered its worst loss since Dec. 5, 2005, when the Eagles were defeated 75-35 by George Mason.
• Oklahoma held Patriot League Preseason Player of the Year Garrison Carr scoreless in the second stanza after he scored a team-high 11 points in the first half.
• Tonight’s contest marked the first meeting between the two squads even though the pair has played basketball for a combined 185 years.