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OU 78, Maine 52: Griffin dominates Black Bears

BY JOHN HELSLEY Modified: December 11, 2008 at 12:47 am •  Published: December 11, 2008
NORMAN – Oklahoma freshman Willie Warren showed up a bit tardy for the postgame press conference Wednesday night, yet was cleaned up and sporting a black No. 21 Wake Forest jersey.

A Tim Duncan college jersey.

Warren’s quick-thinking explanation: "There are no throwback Blake Griffins out yet, so this is probably the best post player (jersey) I can put on right now.”

Griffin might not be in Duncan’s league, yet. But Maine wasn’t in Griffin’s league either, taking the full brunt of a big-man barrage as the No. 5-ranked Sooners rolled to a 78-52 win before an estimated crowd of 8,167 at Lloyd Noble Center.

The Black Bears could have used some help. OK, a lot of help.

Griffin kept soaring over them for dunks and boards and easy lay-ins. And that was just in the opening seven minutes, when OU was only getting started.

Griffin scored OU’s first eight points and 10 of its first 11 — all from within two feet of the bucket against the shorter and vertically challenged Black Bears. The Sooners rolled to a big early lead that expanded to as many as 34 in the second half, improving to 9-0.

With step ladders not an option, Maine was left to absorb the beating.

"Tonight, we were a little physically overmatched and, unfortunately,” said Black Bears coach Ted Woodward, "I think it got into our mindset.”

Griffin finished with a game-high 22 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots against a Maine team that just couldn’t match his height or explosiveness. Most of his points came on a variety of dunks off alley oops, power moves and driving hammer slams.