Sooners Take Down Trojans in T-Town 81-70

Sooners Take Down Trojans in T-Town 81-70

The Oklahoma Sooners took down the USC Trojans 81-70 at the BOK Center in Tulsa Saturday night. Oklahoma took advantage early with Christian James stealing the tip off and throwing home a two-handed slam to start the game. OU finished the half shooting a season-high 57.7% from the field. Eight different players scored for the Sooners in the first half.


Christian James opens the game with a two-handed slam.



Miles Reynolds led the charge offensively with 20 points. Reynolds has adapted well to his starting role: “Whatever Coach Kruger and the coaching staff wants me to do, whether that’s start or come off the bench I’m just gonna help the team any way I can.” Although Reynolds has great scoring ability, he doesn’t shy away from his constant requirement: defense. “If [I’m] scoring one night, it’s fine but it’s gonna have to be defense every night.”

Christian James had another career night. His third career double-double came early in the second half. He nearly doubled his first-half totals and finished the game with 16 points and 13 rebounds. James brought an energy from the start and continued to throughout his team-high 36 minutes.


McNeace hits a fadeaway layup against USC.

Jamuni McNeace made his return to the court after sitting out the past two games with an ankle injury. “He did fine…that’s the most he’s done [since the injury] … it was good to see him out there.” Coach Kruger said after the game. McNeace finished with 2 points and 3 rebounds in 14 minutes of action.


Off to a slow start early, Brady Manek finished strong. Going just 1-5 from the field to start, Manek began finishing better looks within the flow of the offense. He ended with 15 points on 5-11 from the field and 5 rebounds.


The Sooners improve to 9-1 on the season. They host Creighton on Tuesday and head to Northwestern on Friday to close out non-conference play. As for the Trojans, they fall to 5-5 on the year. As conference play approaches, the Sooners are looking like a viable contender in the Big 12.


Brayden covers OU Men's Basketball for The Franchise. When he isn't covering Sooner hoops he enjoys watching the Cleveland Indians and Browns. You can find Brayden at a golf course near you, trying to break 70. He is currently pursuing a Sports Journalism degree at Rose State College and will be transferring to The University of Oklahoma next fall.

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