The video boards in McCasland Field House played the entire game in black and white. Big band music filled the rafters, and during multiple timeouts, a man in a suit serenaded the crowd with Frank Sinatra songs.
It was a flashback to the 1940s, but the 2012 Sooners earned their ninth victory of the season by defeating Texas A&M Corpus Christi 72-42 in front of an estimated crowd of 2,501 on New Year's Eve.
“The field house is great," Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said. “Good to see a good crowd. Good activity. I though the crowd the other night was fantastic and was good and into it.
“I think people enjoyed the opportunity to come back into the field house and relive some memories. Some players from the '40s were back and that's good to see too.”
FIRST REGULAR-SEASON GAME AT FIELD HOUSE IN THREE DECADES
Oklahoma played its last game of 2012 in the McCasland Field House, where a regular-season game hadn't been played in more than 35 years.
The last regular-season basketball game in McCasland was during the 1974-75 season. In Alvan Adams' final game, the OU standout scored 42 points and grabbed 25 rebounds in route to an 84-79 victory against Iowa State.
MIX OF SOONERS
Kruger was pleased that so many of his players got playing time.
A dozen Sooners got to play; eleven of them ended up playing 10 minutes or more. Ten players registered a shot, and 11 pulled down a rebound.
Even walk-on James Fraschilla recorded four minutes of time and took two shots from beyond the arc. He missed both, but each time he went to put up the shot, his teammates raised off the bench with three fingers in the air.
“We got a little bit of playing time for the guys on the white team, who work so hard all week for us,” M'Baye said of the substitutes. “Just the fact that they got to step on the floor today and had a little fun, that's great for them. That's great for us.”
FORMER PC NORTH STANDOUT LEADS ISLANDERS
The Islanders' Joy Williamson, a former Putnam City North player, tied his career high with 14 points against the Sooners. He also had five rebounds.
Williamson previously played two seasons at Redlands Community College in El Reno, where he averaged 18.7 points per game.