Oklahoma forward Ryan Spangler turned in a career game Monday night in the Sooners' 96-82 win over Mercer.
Spangler had career highs in points (20) and rebounds (13), adding two assists, a block and a steal.
Mercer coach Bob Hoffman, who got a look at Spangler in high school, heaped praise on the sophomore from Bridge Creek.
“When I saw him in high school, I thought he was one of the best rebounders in the country,” Hoffman said. “He could pursue the ball and rebound out of his area, and he doesn't tire when he rebounds. He gets back and get gets back quick.”
Five of Spangler's rebounds came on the offensive end.
CLARK LEAVES GAME LATE
Senior forward Cameron Clark didn't get a chance at his fourth consecutive 20-point game, leaving the contest with 3:07 remaining and heading straight to the locker room.
Sooners coach Lon Kruger said Clark was suffering from a headache but that he would be fine.
Clark scored 19 points on 7 of 13 shooting.
HOFFMAN'S HOMECOMING SPOILED
Hoffman is from Oklahoma City, was an assistant coach for the Sooners under Kelvin Sampson and had coaching stints at Oklahoma Baptist and Southern Nazarene.
It wasn't the best of return trips as Hoffman's team trailed by as many as 31 points in the second half.
“It wasn't very fun,” Hoffman said. “It was great to see people. The very first day we got here on Saturday, I got to see one of the players I coached at Piedmont — the very first team I ever coached 9,000,000 years ago so I got to see a lot of people.
“But it would've been a lot more fun to be able to have competed at a little higher level than we did tonight. … This is a special place, it's a special state and I've been blessed to be part of a lot of fun things that have happened for basketball in this state.”
The Sooners will host Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 7 p.m. Thursday.
The Islanders have lost four consecutive games and are 3-6 entering the game.
John Jordan, a 5-foot-10 guard, leads Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in scoring with 15.4 points per game.