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OU men's basketball: Tyler Neal shines in Sooners win

Neal hit some big shots early and finished with 12 points and eight rebounds in 22 minutes.
by Ryan Aber Published: November 11, 2013

Neal shines in Sooners win

One of the biggest bright spots of Oklahoma's 95-82 win over North Texas on Monday at Lloyd Noble Center was the play of senior Tyler Neal.

Neal hit some big shots early and finished with 12 points and eight rebounds in 22 minutes.

“I've known that I can do these things for awhile,” Neal said. “I just need to step up and do it. My teammates believe in me. Tonight, my teammates found me in the right positions to score, and I know it'll be different ways for me to help from game to game and I'm ready to step in and do what I can to help in different areas.”

Neal can play all over the floor for the Sooners and figures to even see time at the five during the Big 12 season as they search for depth in the middle.

“A little foul trouble early in the ballgame and Tyler will be able to slide over there,” Sooners coach Lon Kruger said. “That versatility for any club — it's good to have someone that's able to kind of slide across the board to so many different spots.”

SPANGLER STRUGGLES AT THE LINE

Sophomore forward Ryan Spangler missed his first six free throws of the game before hitting his first with about seven minutes left.

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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