Oklahoma finishes nonconference play by beating Maryland-Eastern Shore

By Mike Baldwin, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com Modified: January 3, 2011 at 11:54 pm •  Published: January 3, 2011
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NORMAN — Senior Cade Davis knows what's in front of the Oklahoma men's basketball team. The Sooners have gained some momentum the past month. But now the challenge gets bigger.

Literally.

Davis posted his first double-double this season to help the Sooners remain undefeated at home with a 73-49 win over Maryland Eastern Shore on Monday night at Lloyd Noble Center.

But pulling away from a team with similar size from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference is a vastly different challenge than No. 16 Texas A&M, which is one of the nation's top rebounding teams. The Aggies visits Norman on Saturday afternoon in a Big 12 opener.

“Not to discredit any of the teams we've played, but the post players from Maryland Eastern Shore and Central Arkansas versus the post players we'll see in Big 12 play, they're a lot bigger and a lot more physical,” Davis said of conference foes. “We know we have to step up our game even more.”

With OU coach Jeff Capel going with a four-guard lineup, everyone must chip in on the boards for the Sooners to be competitive in conference play. Playing more in the paint defensively the past three weeks, Davis grabbed a career high 12 rebounds against Eastern Shore.

“I had to change from being a post player to a guard when I came to college. Now I'm converting back,” Davis said. “But that's all right... Whatever they need me to do.”

The Sooners outrebounded Maryland Eastern Shore, but the Hawks grabbed 15 offensive rebounds, one factor why it attempted 18 more field goals.

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