Cameron Clark crossed from the right side, launched himself into the air and slammed the ball through the hoop.
With just three minutes remaining in the first half Saturday, the Oklahoma junior reserve made a dunk almost just like one he'd made in practice three days earlier.
With that move, Clark showed what his teammates had seen previously: Give him time, and his athleticism and attacking abilities will take over.
And he wasn't done yet. Clark scored 13 points in the second half to spark the Sooners to a 64-54 win over Texas A&M in the All-College Classic at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Clark finished the game with 17 points and was named the All-College Classic MVP. Senior Romero Osby led OU with 19 points, and freshman Buddy Hield added 12 points.
“It felt good,” Clark said about his production from the bench. “I just had more opportunities to create and attack more.”
The game was a physical, ugly brawl for a basket. The Aggies (7-2) had 19 turnovers, matching their season worst as they snapped a four-game winning streak. Elston Turner led Texas A&M with 17 points and Ray Turner scored 12.
Sooner starters Amath M'Baye, Je'lon Hornbeak and Isaiah Cousins combined to go 0-for-13 from the floor and 0-for-7 from beyond the arc. Hornbeak, who made two free throws, was the only one of the three to score.
“It is nice to have guys coming off the bench playing well when you have three starters who didn't get any field goals,” Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said.
The Sooners got 33 points from their bench players. Clark and Hield were the biggest chunks of those 33, but Andrew Fitzgerald and Sam Grooms each added two points for the Sooners (7-2).
“Again, to this point, different guys coming off the bench are picking us up defensively,” Kruger said. “Buddy did a really good job coming in the first half and gave us good activity in the second half. Cam, of course, was fantastic.”
As for this production from Cam Clark, it's been a little over a year since he had a game this high scoring. On Dec. 2, 2011, Clark scored 18 points in OU's 82-53 victory over Sacramento State.
When asked if he thought if he was due for a big game, Clark looked straight-faced and said, “'Bout time, I'd say.”