Cade Davis, Steven Pledger lead Sooners past Texas Southern

By Mike Baldwin, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com Modified: November 18, 2010 at 11:00 pm •  Published: November 18, 2010
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NORMAN — It was just a matter of time before Cade Davis heated up.

The only returning starter on a men's basketball team that's rebuilding around several newcomers, Davis drained six 3-pointers in Oklahoma's 82-52 win over Texas Southern Thursday night at Lloyd Noble Center.

In the Sooners' first two games, the Sooners' only senior shot 21.4 percent from the field.

Against Texas Southern, Davis scored a season-high 21 points, was 7-of-12 from the field, including 6-of-10 beyond the arc.

“After the first one went in ... you're thinking, ‘Maybe I'll keep shooting it,'” Davis said, smiling.

Davis wasn't the only Sooner that was hot.

OU shot 58.3 percent against Texas Southern, the most athletic team the Sooners have faced during a 3-0 start.

“We got a lot of open shots the last game,” said Sooners coach Jeff Capel. “Everything looks better when you make shots. It was good to see Cade make some shots, (Steven) Pledger as well.”

Just the opposite of Monday's clunker, when OU shot 32.8 percent and had to rally late to escape North Carolina Central in overtime, the Sooners' hot shooting energized them on the defensive end.

“When you have a young group like this and they're not making shots, it deflates them,” Capel said. “When you're not making shots, a lot of times young guys don't know how to get out of it. We made shots, so it was no coincidence the energy was better.”

Pledger, a sophomore shooting guard who is starting at point guard, scored a career-high-tying 23 points but had seven of OU's 20 turnovers. Box score: OU vs. Texas Southern