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November 13, 2013

Sooners get an improved performance on defense in victory over Vandals

NORMAN — Oklahoma didn’t have many goals going into Wednesday night’s game against Idaho. Beyond winning, there was only one: improve defensively.

The Sooners gave up layups in bunches to start its first two games against Alabama and North Texas. That run had to stop.

It did in an 85-65 victory over the Vandals at Lloyd Noble Center.

“We just came out with a lot of intensity. We talked in the locker room about defense and the need to get stops, and we were saying that the whole game,” said forward Cameron Clark, who led OU with 14 points.

The Sooners held Idaho (1-1) to 36.7 percent (22 for 60) shooting and used that defense to pull away late in the first half and early in the second.

OU trailed throughout the opening 12 minutes, but closed the final four and a half minutes of the first half with a 13-3 run. Clark nailed a 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer to give OU a 40-29 edge. The Sooners started the second half with a 16-5 run to put the game away.

It was a night of offensive balance for OU. Clark led the way, but Ryan Spangler and Buddy Hield both added 13 points, and Je’lon Hornbeak and Tyler Neal both kicked in 12 apiece.

Hornbeak added a game-high six assists and looked very comfortable at the point guard spot.

He was needed. Starter Jordan Woodard picked up two fouls in the first 11 minutes and only played 16 minutes.

“My job is basically to come in and play wherever coach needs me to help out, whether that is at the wing or point,” said Hornbeak, who has come off the bench in the first three games. “Jordan got in some early foul trouble, so playing point and running the team was put in my hands, and I did it to the best of my abilities.”

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