Oklahoma Basketball: Clark propels Sooners to win

After an anomaly in which he scored just eight points, Cameron Clark was back to his usual self on Sunday.  The senior scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to help Oklahoma defeat George Mason, 81-66, in the BB&T Classic in Washington, DC.

Cameron Clark scores 22 points in the Sooner victory. (Photo from Soonersports.com)

Cameron Clark scores 22 points in the Sooner victory. (Photo from Soonersports.com)

Oklahoma enjoyed a mostly dominant day from start to finish.  The Sooners outrebounded the Patriots 51-29, outscored them 50-20 in the paint, and 12-0 on fast breaks.  Oklahoma did, however, struggle with turnovers and shooting threes.  The Sooners were just 1-for-12 from behind the arc, and committed 19 turnovers on the day.  Isaiah Cousins was especially egregious, with eight turnovers.

Due to solid post play and a tenacious defensive effort, the Sooners were able to overcome their shortcomings.  Clark and Spangler combined for 35 points and 23 rebounds down low, and the Sooner defense came up with eight steals, while forcing the Patriots to shoot just 30.2%.

Jordan Woodard provided solid guard play, scoring 15 points—one shy of his career high—and dishing out three assists, which led the Sooners.  Buddy Hield also managed to score 12 points, to keep his streak of double digit games (now nine) alive.  Hield also snagged 10 rebounds to make himself the third Sooner with a double-double.

Overall it was a solid effort for the Sooners.  Though they committed a few more mistakes than normal, they found a win to win.  The defense was impressive as was the post play.

Next up, the Sooners (8-1) will be back in Norman to face Tulsa (2-6) on Saturday, December 14.  Tip-off is set for 4 PM CST.

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