Oklahoma basketball: Ryan Spangler scores 15 points in debut as Sooners beat Alabama

The sophomore from Bridge Creek via Gonzaga had 15 points and 12 rebounds as the Sooners opened the season with an 82-73 win over Alabama in the Buckets and Boots Showcase at American Airlines Center.
by Ryan Aber Published: November 8, 2013
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photo - Alabama Algie Key (0) drives against Oklahoma forward Tyler Neal (15) during the first of an NCAA college basketball game Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
Alabama Algie Key (0) drives against Oklahoma forward Tyler Neal (15) during the first of an NCAA college basketball game Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

— Ryan Spangler had waited more than 18 months for this moment.

Making his regular-season debut for the Sooners, Spangler showed exactly why Oklahoma coaches had been so excited about Spangler's addition.

The sophomore from Bridge Creek via Gonzaga had 15 points and 12 rebounds as the Sooners opened the season with an 82-73 win over Alabama in the Buckets and Boots Showcase at American Airlines Center.

The Sooners return home against North Texas at 7 p.m. Monday for their Lloyd Noble Center opener.

Spangler sat out last season after transferring from Gonzaga, where he played as a freshman.

“It feels great but it was well worth it sitting out a year and working on my game,” Spangler said. “Obviously it's showing right now and hopefully I can continue to keep doing that.”

Spangler got involved quickly on the offensive end, making a pair of layups early before the Crimson Tide started driving the ball with relative ease toward the basket to build a lead that jumped up to 16 points before 10 minutes had passed.

Then he started to get more involved at both ends, and Oklahoma turned around a big rebounding deficit early.

In eight minutes, the Sooners chipped away at Alabama's lead and regained the lead for the first time since the opening moments on a 3-pointer by freshman guard Jordan Woodard.

“Ryan, he was the one who dictated defense and gave us energy, stepped up and said, ‘Hey, I need to pick my energy up,'” sophomore guard Buddy Hield said.

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by Ryan Aber
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Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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