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NOTES: Christian James collects 4th straight double-double, Kruger gets 150th win at OU | All OU Sports

Oklahoma guard Christian James extended his double-double streak to four games, as he finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds in Tuesday’s 83-70 win over Creighton.

James posted his first career double-double with 25 points and 10 rebounds in the Dec. 4 win over Notre Dame at Madison Square Garden in New York City, the first contest starting center Jamuni McNeace missed due to a right ankle sprain. James followed it up with a 14-point, 13-rebound outing against Wichita State on Dec. 8 at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City and had 16 points, 15 rebounds against USC at the BOK Center in Tulsa Saturday.

With McNeace back in the starting lineup, OU didn’t need for James to do as much on the boards, but the Sooner senior got off to a sluggish start regardless. Through the first eight minutes he had three turnovers was 0 of 2 from the field and 0 of 2 from the free-throw line. He turned it on late to collect eight points and eight rebounds in the second half.

Notable

• No. 150!: Kruger entered the game with a 149-92 record over his eight seasons in Norman.

By beating Creighton, he became the fifth OU coach to win 150 games or more. Billy Tubbs holds the program record with 333, and Kelvin Sampson is second with 279, but Sampson owns the program record for win percentage at 71.9 percent.

Tip ins

OU is tied 15-15 against current members of the Big East conference. The Big 12 and Big East announced the creation of an annual series between the leagues, starting in 2019-20 and running through 2022-23. OU’s return game at Creighton next year will serve as part of the series… Tuesday’s game was the final non-conference home game, OU students were offered free admission to all three non-conference home games… OU leads its series with Creighton 4-2. The first meeting was back in 1921, which the Sooners lost 27-16.

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