That it happened in the venerable old arena, normally the home to Sooner wrestling and volleyball, made it a nice change of pace.
“I think it is a lot of fun, M’Baye said. “We do it for the fans and, apparently, they like it, too … It’s always fun to come back and play here.”
Throwback day included scoreboard replays in black and white and fedoras worn along the scorer’s table. Even the security detail went with dark suits.
Throwback or not, it was no fun for the Islanders. Led by Oklahoma City native Joy Williamson’s 14 points, TAMU-CC was down by 10 points 6:26 into the game, by 20 1:17 before the half and by 30 for the first time with 6:34 remaining.
OU’s best moments were very early. By getting points on 7 of 9 and 11 of 14 possessions to begin the game, the Sooners set a fantastic pace. When Hornbeak knocked down his 3-pointer, the lead was 27-10.
OU was running, gunning and converting.
“It’s definitely something we have been working on … We were doing what we’re supposed to be doing, and that is getting out and running,” M’Baye said. “The wings are running the floor and the bigs are running the floor, so we had some breakaway opportunities.”
A difficult pace to maintain, sure, but the Sooners got what they wanted.
“There were a lot of good shots,” Kruger said.
Plenty enough to win big.
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