Spangler's defense makes a difference
Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger shook his head a bit looking at Ryan Spangler's stat line following the Sooners' 85-65 win over Idaho on Wednesday night at Lloyd Noble Center.
“It's going to be rare that he only has four rebounds in a ballgame,” Kruger said.
Spangler's rebound totals might not have been what they were during OU's first two games, but the sophomore from Bridge Creek did plenty more, especially early when the Sooners struggled to find a rhythm.
“I thought Ryan had his best effort defensively,” Kruger said. “Just awareness, kind of shoring everything up inside, help on penetration here, block a shot there, talking a lot.”
Spangler finished with 13 points and three blocks. He also hit his only two free throws after struggling at the line in Monday's win over North Texas.
CLARK COMES THROUGH
After having a mostly quiet game against North Texas before getting going a bit late, senior Cameron Clark was involved in the offense from the start against Idaho.
Clark scored 11 of his team-high 14 points in the first half, including a 3-pointer at the buzzer, to give the Sooners a comfortable lead going into the break.
“I just came out aggressive,” Clark said. “That is what we're going to need from our team — everybody attacking. That is what I did today. I came out and hit a couple of shots and then I got going.”
Clark was 4 of 6 from the floor in the first half.
UP NEXT: SETON HALL
The Sooners travel to Brooklyn's Barclays Center on Nov. 22 for the four-team tournament portion of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.
Oklahoma will take on Seton Hall at 6 p.m. on truTV.
The next day, the Sooners will play either No. 2 Michigan State, which figures to move up to No. 1 after knocking off top-ranked Kentucky on Tuesday night, or Virginia Tech.
BY RYAN ABER