The sharp-shooting Wofford Terriers kept things interesting for a bit, but the buckets quit falling and the Oklahoma Sooners righted the ship en route to a 75-64 win. The victory improved OU’s record to 3-0 on the young season.
Brady Manek led the way with 18 points on 6-13 shooting (3-7 from three) while adding 11 rebounds. It was Manek’s third double-double in as many games this season, and he again displayed the improved physicality in comparison to last season. Christian James, who was averaging 26.5 in two games heading into Sunday, found a way to score 15 despite not connecting on any of his three-point attempts.
Perhaps the most crucial performance of the day, however, came from grad transfer Miles Reynolds. With OU trailing 47-44 at and in danger of falling further behind, Reynolds provided the necessary spark to turn things around. He ended up scoring 12 points in the second half as he made a concerted effort to get to the bucket, upped the team’s defensive energy and completely changed the complexion of the game.
In the end, OU’s depth and athleticism won out on a day in which the shooting was less than stellar (43.1% overall, 39.3% in the second half). Being able to overcome that against a team picked to finish second in the SoCon is certainly an encouraging sign, and the Sooners have to be feeling pretty good heading into the Battle 4 Atlantis.
OU will kick off play in The Bahamas at 11 a.m. CT on Wednesday against the Florida Gators, who are 2-1 with an 81-60 loss to Florida State. The game will be televised by ESPN.