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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.

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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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