“I think this group will come along quickly,” said Kruger, who also said that he expects to play many different lineups. “I think having a game under our belt and film to break down is good … I’d be surprised if they don’t handle the ball a lot better next Wednesday (against Central Oklahoma.).”
That sloppiness was the Sooners’ biggest problem. They committed 21 turnovers against just 11 assists. It was the reason they scored 83 points instead of easily surpassing the century mark.
Still, there were good stretches that appeared to display the potential of a team with several returning players, but also a very new look.
OU led just 19-14 8:37 before the half, but turned that into a 40-28 lead by the half, getting their last four baskets before the break from four different sources: Osby, M’Baye, Pledger and Cousins.
Washburn got as close as six points in the second half, but the lead was up to 21 when Andrew Fitzgerald knocked down a jumper with 5:27 to play.
The Sooners weren’t so sharp, but it seemed to be a reasonable showcase of better times ahead.
“I thought they worked hard,” Kruger said. “I think you have to have that activity and channel it a little bit more productively and more intelligently.”
Of course, that’s what exhibition games are for.
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