Oklahoma pounds Texas A&M CC 78-56

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 5, 2013 at 5:42 pm •  Published: December 5, 2013

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Until two weeks ago, Isaiah Cousins had never scored more than nine points in a game during his two seasons at Oklahoma.

Now, he has scored at least 10 in five straight games.

Buddy Hield scored 18 points, Cousins added 12 and the Sooners (7-1) pulled away for a 78-56 victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Thursday in a matinee that was rescheduled to start five hours earlier because of concerns over bad weather.

Hield made eight of his 14 shots from the field and Cousins hit half of his 10, including two 3-pointers.

"It was under unusual circumstances moving the game time up and adjusting the routine," Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said. "I thought our guys handled that pretty well. They got off to a good start, got a margin early. It's good to be challenged by something other than routine from time to time."

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (3-7) was led by 12 points and a game-high 10 rebounds from freshman Rashawn Thomas, a 6-foot-7 Oklahoma City native making his college debut. Guard John Jordan added 11 points for the Islanders.

Ryan Spangler and D.J. Bennett helped Oklahoma's cause on defense. Spangler led Oklahoma with nine rebounds, while Bennett added nine points and five blocked shots.

"For me, it was mainly just being a presence defensively," Bennett said. "Coach and the rest of the staff emphasize that every day in practice. I just try to help as much as I can on defense."

Bennett, a 6-foot-8 reserve junior forward, was slowed by injuries early in the season. As his health has returned, he has become integral to the Sooner defense, and provides comfort for the perimeter defenders.

"Just having a presence and knowing you have help back there (makes a difference)," Hield said. "We are going to get blocked shots. We are going to run out and make plays for our teammates. It's good for a defensive team."

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