Men’s Oklahoma basketball is off to a 2-0 start to the season, and for the second straight game, the Sooners rang up three digits on the scoreboard.
Once again, freshman sensation Trae Young led the OU attack with 22 points and 13 assists as the Sooners rolled over Mid-American Conference opponent Ball State 108-69 on Wednesday. Young made seven of 15 field goal attempts, including five treys.
It not only was the second straight game that the Sooners went over the century mark in scoring, but also the second time in as many games that they collectively shot better than 50 percent. Five Oklahoma players scored in double digits, as the Sooners shot 57 percent from the field. OU shot 56 percent in their season-opening win over Nebraska-Omaha on Sunday.
Oklahoma led 60-31 at the break. The Sooners shot 59 percent in the first half while holding Ball State to just 27 percent. It didn’t get much better in the second half for the Cardinals, with the Sooners holding Ball State to 30-percent shooting for the game.
From the score, it’s fairly obvious that the Sooners were on fire offensively on Wednesday night, but it was how his team played defense that impressed head coach Lon Kruger the most.
“I thought we set a really nice tone defensively early,” Kruger said. “We started picking up the ball and really established a lot of good stuff. The other guys kind of fell in line on defense.”
Asked about going over the century mark for the second straight game, the OU head coach said:
“Defense has something to say about that. We’ll push it. We like to create an advantage in transitioning as much as we can.”
“I thought Oklahoma had a great game plan,” said Ball State head coach James Whitford. “They pressed us on every field goal that they scored and didn’t let us get the ball inbounds and up quickly, and that’s the first time I’ve seen them do that.”