After a productive offseason and high expectations set for OU basketball, Lon Kruger’s club opened up the 2012-13 season with a win over Louisiana-Monroe.
Despite a slow start, the Sooners throttled the Warhawks, 85-51, in their season opener inside the Lloyd Noble Center.
It took Oklahoma a bit to get started, but give credit to the Warhawks. The Sooners were forced to take some shots from the outside and failed to convert with Louisiana-Monroe putting a lot of pressure on OU.
The Sooners were turning the ball over with ULM limiting OU with a 2-3 zone defense. However, Romero Osby really jumpstarted the Sooners in the first half.
Osby was effective on both ends of the floor; getting blocks, grabbing boards, and picking up buckets for OU. The rest of the team followed suit and settled in.
Midway through the first, Oklahoma started to pull away when they created turnovers of their own and getting past their early shooting woes by getting points in transition and getting second chance opportunities.
The Sooners definitely got a spark from their freshmen today. Je’lon Hornbeak had a productive day in his debut. Also, Buddy Hield and Isaiah Cousins got the opportunity to add to the Oklahoma victory.
The Warhawks kept allowing the Sooners to go on big runs, and were unsuccessful in trying to cut it closer heading in to half. Though, it would not matter as the Sooners put the ball game away early in the second half.
Steven Pledger started to feel it from the perimeter, and Oklahoma would waste no time putting this game to rest.
The Sooners picked up a nice win to start off their 2012-13 campaign and now look ahead to their Friday contest in Arlington, TX against the UT-Arlington Mavericks.