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Sooners start European trip 2-0 with win over Waregem

by Ryan Aber Published: August 9, 2013

For the second consecutive game, Oklahoma had a pair of players score 20 or more points and for the second consecutive game, the Sooners came away with a win.

Isaiah Cousins scored 23 and D.J. Bennett added 20 off the bench as OU beat Belgian semi-pro team Waregem 84-66 at Rosco Arena in Ronse, Belgium.

The night before, Cameron Clark and freshman Jordan Woodard scored 20 each in a win over Ghent.

Cousins, who is expected to be a strong contributor at guard as a sophomore, was 11 for 15 from the field with two assists and three steals. He was 7 for 9 from the floor in the first half.

He season-high as a freshman was 10.

Bennett, who redshirted last year, had eight rebounds and was 7 for 10 from the floor.

Through the two games on the five-game European trip, eight Sooners have scored at least 14 points.

“It’s good to see,” Sooners coach Lon Kruger said in a release. “It’s not like we have to rely on one guy, who, if he has an off night it’s going to be tough. Other guys can pick up the slack and I think we’re going to see pretty balanced scoring.”

Je’lon Hornbeak added 16 points and hit three 3-pointers.

The Sooners jumped out to a 51-33 lead by halftime after taking control with a 34-point second quarter.

Oklahoma forced 25 turnovers while committing 14.

Thomas Foucart led Waregem with 20.

The Sooners wrap up the Belgian part of their tour with a game at 7 a.m. Saturday (2 p.m. local time) against St. Jan-Antwerp in Antwerp, Belgiam.

OU them moves onto France for games Wednesday and Thursday.

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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