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. "The point guards did a good job of finding me,” Griffin said. And Griffin found the mismatch to his liking, with seven of his baskets coming on dunks. "That is something he should exploit with whoever we play,” said OU coach Jeff Capel. "I don’t think there are many people that can match up physically with him. He got high-percentage shots tonight and finished them.” The easy work inside led to an 11-of-13 shooting night for Griffin, although he wasn’t alone on the inside job performed on the Black Bears. While the Sooners fired up a season-high 28 3-point attempts — making but seven — they did much of their damage around the basket. Warren, slashing often into the lane, added 19 points for the Sooners. Ray Willis scored 13 off the bench and Tony Crocker gave OU four players in double figures with 10 points. Griffin has now scored in double figures in every game this season and at least 20 seven times. "It’s a tough matchup for everybody with Blake Griffin,” Woodward said. "We don’t have a ton of size. We certainly don’t have the size that you would have going against the Big 12 or some Big East teams. And certainly Blake Griffin is a big, physical presence down there. "We knew that coming into the game, and he did a lot inside that was a physical problem for us.”
Up next for the Sooners
Saturday: Utah, 3 p.m. Dec. 20: vs. Virginia Commonweath (at the Ford Center), 9 p.m. Dec. 22: at Rice, 7 p.m.