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Sooners start European trip with win

by Ryan Aber Modified: August 8, 2013 at 7:50 pm •  Published: August 8, 2013

In two years under Lon Kruger, Oklahoma has yet to break the 100-point barrier.

It wasn’t an official game, but the Sooners broke through that mark Thursday, opening their five-game European tour with a 102-81 win over the Ghent (Belgium) Hawks.

A pair of guards–freshman Jordan Woodard and senior Cam Clark–led the Sooners with 20 points each.

Woodard, who came to OU from Edmond Memorial, added eight assists and just two turnovers.

Sophomore forward Ryan Spangler, who sat out last season after transferring from Gonzaga, had 14 points and 11 rebounds. Spengler scored 10 of his points in the first half.

“Jordan did a good job pushing the ball out of the backcourt, finding open people,” Kruger said in a release. “Ryan was very active like we expect him to be. He was on the boards, knocked down a couple 3s.”

Two more guards, Isaiah Cousins and Je’lon Hornbeak, scored in double figures, with Cousins getting 12 and Hornbeak 11. Hornbeak added four steals.

The Sooners shot 57.9 percent (22 of 38) from the floor and forced 19 turnovers.

“It was really good for us,” Kruger said. “We need a lot of reps. We have got a lot of young guys playing, a lot of guys who didn’t play last year and sat out. I thought everyone benefitted from the ball game. We were much better in the second half that the first, which is what you like to see.”

Gregory De Pooter led Ghent with 20 points.

The Sooners play Waragem in Belgium at 1:30 p.m. Friday (8:30 p.m. local time).



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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