He still hasn’t played his homecoming game, but Oklahoma sophomore power forward Ryan Spangler showed why the Sooners are happy to have him back home.
Spangler, a transfer from Gonzaga, returned to the floor for the first time after sitting out last season and notched 15 points and 12 rebounds in OU’s 82-73 win against Alabama on Friday afternoon in Dallas.
A local star at Blanchard (Okla.) Bridge Creek High, Spangler wasn’t given a second look by then-OU coach Jeff Capel. But feeling a little homesick with the Zags and with Lon Kruger taking over as coach, he decided to come back home.
He made it count in his first game helping OU erase a 16-point deficit in the first half to get the Sooners their first victory. Spangler also added two steals.
OU trailed 26-10 before finally starting to get its footing, most of that was due to sophomore guard Buddy Hield, who scored a team-high 19 points and three steals. OU closed strong, outscoring Alabama 42-32 in the second half.
It was a rough shooting night for freshman Jordan Woodard, but he didn’t let that affect his overall game. He closed with 10 points and seven assists in his first game.
Cam Clark added 14 points and six rebounds for the Sooners. The news wasn’t all great, though, as Kruger confirmed after the game power forward Keshaun Hamilton will transfer after this semester.
Hamilton, a juco prospect originally out of Florida, posted on Facebook on Wednesday that he was going to leave the team, but Kruger wanted him to think it over some more.
With Hamilton’s departure, that makes OU 0 of 3 in the juco department in the last year. Fellow juco power forwards Edson Avila and Dominique Elliott both were unable to academically qualify for this season.
OU has its home opener 7 p.m. CST on Monday against North Texas.