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November 3, 2013

OU men showing good signs on the court

NORMAN — Though the recruiting class coach Lon Kruger brought into the fold last season may well be the team’s core this season, it was still something older and newer making Oklahoma’s biggest impressions Saturday afternoon at Lloyd Noble Center.

Playing Washburn in their first exhibition of the 2013-14 schedule, the Sooners drummed the Ichabods 104-76.

More interesting, senior Cam Clark offered up a huge game, even from beyond the 3-point arc, while true freshman Jordan Woodard, out of Edmond Memorial, sparkled the first time to don the crimson and cream.

Clark led both teams with 23 points on 8-of-13 shooting, including an impressive 3-of-5 outing from 3-point land, a place from which he attempted just one shot all of last season. 

Meanwhile, in 25 minutes of court time, some of it due to Je’Lon Hornbeak’s not being in the Sooner lineup Saturday, Woodard started and finished with 15 points, five steals, four assists and three rebounds, canning 4 of 5 shots and 2 of 2 from 3-point land.

OU even played fast.

“It was a good first game,” Kruger said. “We’ve been practicing for a few weeks now and to see how the guys transfer from practice situations into a game was what this was really about … They did pretty good. Pace was good. We really pushed the ball in the backcourt.”

The Ichabods led 3-2 early, forged an 8-8 tie and trailed just 23-17 as late as the 11:35 mark of the first half. But that was when the Sooners found their game, going on a 14-0 run to establish a 20-point edge. 

After Washburn made it 12-point game, 50-38, a minute into the second half, OU simply revved it up again. It was back to a 20-point edge, 62-42, with 15:40 remaining, a lead the Sooners built on for much of the rest of the way.

Clark didn’t score his first basket until 13:01 remained in the first half, yet he had 12 points by the break. If he was a role player in previous seasons, he’s supposed to be a scorer in this one.

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