Buddy Hield pours in 30 as Oklahoma races by ORU

Buddy Hield scored 30 points as the No. 7 Oklahoma Sooners pulled away in the second half for a 96-73 win over Oral Roberts in Norman.

Hield added a career-high five steals Saturday.

Jordan Woodard scored 19 points, Isaiah Cousins had 15 and Ryan Spangler added 13 points and eight rebounds for the Sooners (7-0), who won by at least 17 points for the sixth straight game. Oklahoma shot 62 percent in the second half to beat Oral Roberts for the 15th consecutive time.

Oklahoma, which entered the game leading the nation in field goal percentage defense, held the Golden Eagles to 35 percent shooting in the second half.

For ORU, Obi Emegano nearly posted his third 30-point game of the season, dropping 29 points. Brandon Conley earned his second double-double of the year with 10 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Kris Martin added a career best 15 points, while DaQuan Jeffries got three steals, tied for the second most by a Golden Eagle this season.

“A good win against a really good team,” said OU coach Lon Kruger. “Scott’s (Sutton) team always plays well. That’s the best version since we’ve been here. Obi (Emegano) is a terrific player and there are a lot of good guys around him. I thought they played well. They were pretty comfortable in the first half. We guarded them a little bit better in the second half, but still a good win. The guys were moving the ball well and making the extra pass and making shots, so it’s a good combination.”

“We played a great, great basketball team today that shot as well as I have ever seen a team shoot the ball,” said Sutton. “ I don’t think our defense was that poor to be honest. Guarding the 3-point line was important, but when those guys are making shots in Buddy (Hield), and (Jordan) Woodard, and (Isaiah) Cousins,
and then Ryan (Spangler) stepped out a bit and hit three in the first half, there is not a whole lot that we can do. I think that Oklahoma has a really special team and they have a chance to go a long, long way in the NCAA Tournament. It would not surprise me one bit if this team made a Final Four and won a championship, I think they are that good. I think their guards are experienced, they’re big, they can shoot the ball and those younger guys off the bench are going to mature throughout the season.”

OU turned up the defense in the second and created turnovers.

“Buddy, especially in the second half, was active throughout for sure, but that’s great,” Kruger said. “Any time we can create that activity defensively, it’s great to see. Buddy, along with the other guys, shot really well and were making good plays for each other.”

There was no letdown after a huge win over Villanova last week. OU players said they like playing in-state teams.

“It was a fun setup,” said Woodard. “Just to see guys you played with and grew up with, it was good to see and compete with them. It’s good to see them playing well with their squad.”

Woodward has switched to shooting guard this year rather than running the point.

“I like whatever Coach (Kruger) has me on the floor to do,” Woodard said. “We just have a lot of good chemistry and we are feeling each other out well on the court.”

ORU surprised the Sooners by shooting 53 percent from the field in the first half.

“It was a little of both – them hitting shots and us letting them get open and messing up some defensive tendencies that we practiced,” said OU’s Ryan Spangler.

“We missed a couple of assignments and didn’t pick up our man, but we fixed it in the second half,” Hield said. “We can’t let that happen against good teams, we have to communicate a little better.”