Amos Olatayo led the Warhawks with 21 points. Louisiana-Monroe shot 34.5 percent (19-for-55) from the field and were just 3-for-16 from 3-point range.
The Sooners connected on 32 of 68 attempts (47.1 percent). That shooting percentage shot up thanks to six dunks. M’Baye had three of them in the heralded junior’s debut. He also added nine rebounds, two assists and two blocks.
In all, the season opener couldn’t have gone much better.
“I thought there were stretches of a lot of good things and certainly a lot of things we need to continue working on,” Kruger said. “I thought we took a lot better care of the ball today. We didn’t have as many turnovers and we rebounded the ball; those are two areas where we did much better than we performed in the two exhibition games. They continue to improve a little bit defensively in practice every day. We have a ways to go in all of these areas but the good thing about these guys is it is important to them. We have about a week of practice here now in preparation for Friday.”
The Sooners hit the road for the first time on Friday when they face Texas-Arlington at 7 p.m. in Arlington, Texas.
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