Sunday, November 20, 2005

Sooners Win Season Opener 68-41

OU struggled early and Samford made their first five shots to take an early 11-6 lead. Then the Sooners clicked. OU tied the game at 13 and then went on a 12-0 run. The Sooners led 27-17 at the half and started the second half with a 22-5 run and cruised to a 68-41 win.

Kevin Bookout had a double-double scoring 13 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. He looked healthy and at times dominant. Bookout is going to be a force inside this season along with Taj Grey who added 8 points. The Sooners won the rebound battle 41-11 and Samford did not get an offensive rebound the entire game.

"It was taking us three and four shots just to score," Sampson said. "But I don't worry about that. The encouraging part is how we fought for the rebounds.”
"We are really going to have to work on finishing our plays because it shouldn't take three and four rebounds to finally make the basket."

The Sooners were led in scoring by Michael Neal who had 15 points, all on three point shots.

The Sooners play next at home against Binghamton on Wednesday night at 7:00. It will be televised on the Sooner Sports Network.