NORMAN, Okla. — The Sooners concluded their exhibition slate with a sloppy 88-76 victory over the Oklahoma Christian Eagles Monday evening in the second annual edition of the Field House Series.
They actually trailed 41-38 at halftime after Eagles guard Willie Harper hit a triple at the buzzer.
"It's not a matter of being upset," said OU head coach Lon Kruger. "It's just a matter of guys understanding that if we're going to have the type of season we want to have, we have to win the loose balls, we have to win the 50-50 balls, we have to be long on the intangibles. And I thought Oklahoma Christian did a much better job with all those areas in the first half."
But the Sooners used a 21-8 run out of the break to extend a double-digit lead, only extending it from there to look like somewhat of the team they’re supposed to be this season.
Sooner guard Buddy Hield hit a pair of threes, plus a pair of free throws in the stretch to net seven points.
That was part of a game-high 29 he put in during the contest.
"I know they were just leaning on me, you know, just to get my team ready and we got our mojo back together and we just keep going afterwards," Hield said.
Three others joined him in double figures, including point guard Jordan Woodard, guard Je’lon Hornbeak and forward Ryan Spangler, who finished with 17, 12 and 11, respectively.
For the Eagles, three finished in double figures, led by Harper’s 21.
Guards Nick Tate and Kendre Talley added 18 and 16, respectively.
Neither Frank Booker (suspended for violation of team rules) nor Isaiah Cousins (sprained ankle) played in the game for OU.
"Frank will be fine; Isaiah will be fine," Kruger said. "Both will be in there on Wednesday."
The Sooners open up the regular season at 4 p.m. CT Friday inside American Airlines Arena in Dallas against the Alabama Crimson Tide.