Oklahoma Postgame Notes

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma

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.