Blake Griffin, Sooners Cruise 90-43

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University of Oklahoma
 
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  1st 2nd F
OPSU  19  24  43 
OU 48  42  90 
 
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 Stats Comparison OU OPSU 
 Points 90  43 
 FG Made-Attempted 33-65 19-52
 FG Percentage .508  .365 
 3P Made-Attempted 9-28 2-17
 3P Percentage .321  .118 
 FT Made-Attempted 15-21 3-7
 FT Percentage .714  .429 
 Rebounds 45  27 
 Turnovers 16  24 
 
 OU Stat Leaders
 OPSU
 B. Griffin 22  Points 14   Jackson
 B. Griffin 11  Rebounds  Ogden
 Johnson Assists  2 Players
 Warren Steals  Geofroy
 B. Griffin Blocks  N/A
 
• Big 12 Conference
 
NORMAN, Okla. -- AP preseason All-American Blake Griffin scored 22 points on a perfect 10-of-10 shooting as the Oklahoma men's basketball team cruised to a 90-43 exhibition win over Oklahoma Panhandle State Wednesday night at Lloyd Noble Center.

Griffin, who was the unanimous choice as the Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year, added 11 rebounds, five assists and three blocked shots in 28 minutes to give OU its 40th win in its last 42 exhibition games.

"I think he's the best player in the country," said OU head coach Jeff Capel.  "But I still see room for improvement, which is very encouraging.  I saw some `wow' moments out there tonight and I'm glad he's on our side."

Leading 14-4 at the 11:51 mark of the first half, the Sooners outscored the Aggies 16-2 over the next 3:52.  The run was capped by a long alley-oop lob from freshman Willie Warren to senior Taylor Griffin that brought the crowd to its feet and pushed the Sooner advantage to 30-6.  The elder Griffin completed the reverse dunk while facing midcourt. 

Warren, the unanimous choice as Big 12 Preseason Freshman of the Year, finished his first contest in a Sooners uniform with 15 points on 4-of-8 field goal and 6-of-6 free throw shooting. 

Sophomore Cade Davis chipped in with 12 points - all from 3-point distance in the first half.  Davis' 12 points and four 3-point makes would have been career highs in a regular season game.

The Sooners led 48-19 at the half after shooting .545 (18-of-33) from the field. 

Capel, in his third year at Oklahoma, substituted early and often as 11 Sooners saw first-half action and 10 recorded a bucket in the contest. 

OU's defense forced 24 OPSU turnovers and converted them into 23 points.  The Sooners also outboarded the Aggies by a 45-27 margin (16-7 on the offensive glass).

Senior guard Austin Johnson recorded a game-high seven assists without committing a turnover.  Capel spoke highly of Johnson following the game. 

"He feels so comfortable running our offense when he's out there and does such a good job of valuing the basketball."

Aaron Jackson scored 14 points on 7-of-11 shooting to lead Oklahoma Panhandle State, a Division II program from Goodwell, Okla.

Oklahoma hosts Cameron University, another Division II team, on Saturday at noon in its final exhibition contest.  The Sooners open the regular season at home against American on Friday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m.

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