Buddy Hield, who matched Spangler’s 20 points, scored 10 in the first 3 1/2 minutes of the second half. Three of his five baskets came off an assist. The Sooners registered 17 on the night.
“It’s just better for the team when everyone is unselfish and we make plays for each other,” Hield said.
Point guard Jordan Woodard had a game-high six assists along with 13 points. Cameron Clark continued his hot shooting with 19 points and Isaiah Cousins added 10.
The Sooners led by as many as 31 points early in the second half, but Mercer whittled the deficit down at the end.
Brown led the Bears with 16 points. Phil Leonard added 12.
Mercer coach Bob Hoffman, an Oklahoma City native who spent two seasons as an OU assistant under Kelvin Sampson, and who spent nine seasons as Oklahoma Baptist coach, was hopping for a little better homecoming.
“That was a serious butt-whooping from the beginning against a really good team … They throw to each other, they share it with each other and they just jump up and shoot it,” he said. “They make shots. It’s not real complicated.”
OU was rewarded for not taking the Bears lightly.
“This group has been pretty consistent with their getting each other ready to play and their energy coming out of the blocks,” Kruger said. “They’d watched enough film to know (Mercer can) execute things pretty well and had a lot of size … Mercer was a good team and I think our guys recognized that.
“That’s kind of a credit to them.”
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