NORMAN, Okla. – You’re never going to learn too much in exhibition games and there’s not too much to take from Oklahoma’s first foray onto the hardwood.
But the Sooners did exactly what they set out to do in a 104-76 victory against Washburn University on Saturday afternoon at Lloyd Noble Center.
Throughout the offseason, a lot of the talk has centered around the new and improved play of senior forward Cam Clark. Saturday showed the first glimpses of it. Clark was 8-of-13 from the field, including 3-of-5 from 3-point territory, en route to a game-high 23 points.
“It was a good first game,” OU coach Lon Kruger said. “We’ve been practicing for a few weeks now and to see how the guys transfer from practice situations into a game is what this was really about. Pace was good. We really pushed the ball out of backcourt.”
Clark also had seven rebounds. Buddy Hield added 21 points and five rebounds.
Freshmen make splash
A lot of the anticipation was about seeing freshmen guards Jordan Woodard and Frank Booker and each brought it in different ways.
Woodard commanded the team at point guard and closed with 15 points, four assists and five steals. He made some poor decisions but shows a willingness to be the guy at point, which is something this team will need.
Booker comes to OU known for his shooting ability, but it was his defense that made an impression. He had two blocks in the first half. Booker finished with five points.
Welcome home, Spangler
No more talking. It was finally back to playing for sophomore power forward Ryan Spangler. Forced to sit out last season after transferring from Gonzaga, the Blanchard (Okla.) Bridge Creek High product fared well in his first action.
Spangler had 10 points and a team-high eight rebounds.
Making the most of charity stripe
Free throws only mean something if you convert them. OU finished 20 of 23 for the game, including 10-of-10 in the first half.
Senior Tyler Neal was 6 of 6 as the team shot 87 percent from the line.
OU concludes its exhibition schedule 7 p.m. Monday against Oklahoma Christian at McCasland FieldHouse.