Freshman Buddy Hield scored a game high 16 points to lead Oklahoma to an 83-66 exhibition win over Washburn. Amath M’Baye added 14 points in his first start while pulling down six rebounds.
"It was good to get out in front of folks and play against someone else other than themselves" said Oklahoma Coach Lon Kruger. "They've worked hard in practice and they've done a good job. Washburn gave us some different looks than what we see every day in practice. It was a great experience. We have a lot of things to work on, but the good thing about this group is I know they will invest in the work.”
Offensively, the Sooners were strongest from beyond the arc, hitting 11-22 for 50 percent. The Sooners were 25-57 overall and 22 of 32 from the charity stripe.
"I think this group will come along pretty quickly,” said Kruger. “I think having a game under our belt and film to break down is good. This group works hard, learning from film and taking one practice to the next. Because of this, I think this group will move along quickly, and I’d be surprised if they don't handle the ball a lot better next Wednesday. We will spend three days throwing it in the post a lot more; we haven't done as much of that as we need to. I think you just learn as you go and they'll progress quickly."
The Sooners return to action Wednesday against Central Oklahoma at 7 p.m. The game will be played at McCasland Field House as part of the inaugural Field House Series. Tickets cost $5 (free for OU students). UCO is coached by former OU point guard Terry Evans.