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James, Woodard lead Oklahoma romp past Oral Roberts, 92-66

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Christian James scored a team-high 17 points in just 22 minutes, and Jordan Woodard added 15 points as Oklahoma overcame a sluggish start to cruise past Oral Roberts, 92-66, on Wednesday night.

Oklahoma needed a strong performance following a 20-point loss to Wisconsin Saturday, and forced its in-state counterpart in the wrong direction.

''The bounce back was good,'' Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said. ''We had two good days of practice Monday and Tuesday. The guys transferred that into the game tonight.''

Woodard, James and Rashard Odomes scored 28 of their combined 44 points in the second half.

Oklahoma (6-2) shot 51.6 percent from the field, recorded 16 steals and forced Oral Roberts into 20 turnovers.

''That was bad basketball on our part,'' said Oral Roberts coach Scott Sutton, whose team lost to Michigan State by four points Saturday. ''I give them credit. They made us look bad. I was disappointed in how we played. We took a couple steps backward. . I really thought our guys would come in here and play much better. We just didn't handle the situation, didn't handle the pressure.''

Kris Martin and Jalen Bradley each had 19 points to lead Oral Roberts but were the only players in double figures for the Golden Eagles (1-8), who scored the first two points of the game but trailed the rest of the way. Kristian Doolittle and Khadeem Lattin each added nine points and four rebounds. Matt Freeman and Jordan Shepherd scored nine points apiece off the bench, which totaled 39 points.

�BIG PICTURE

Oklahoma: Coming off a 20-point loss to Wisconsin, the Sooners regained a little traction with their 16th straight home non-conference victory before a string of tough mid-major matchups against Wichita State and Memphis.

Oral Roberts: After facing four major-conference opponents through the first nine games of the season, the Golden Eagles are off to their worst start since a 1-9 open to the 1987-88 season, when they finished with just eight wins.

FRESHMAN STANDOUT: Doolittle and Shepherd combined for 16 points in the first half in just 15 minutes played. Doolittle had been in the starting lineup through the first five games of the season but has come off the bench in the past three.

TIP-INS: Woodard needs just five points to pass Blake Griffin on Oklahoma's all-time scoring list. The Sooners' 16-point halftime lead was the largest since the season opener. After not making an in-season lineup change in the past three years, Oklahoma has used three different starting lineups in the past four games.

UP NEXT: The Sooners face Wichita State in their lone game during the next 10 days and the first meeting in more than 40 years between the two schools.

Oral Roberts prepares for one of only three home games in December on Saturday against John Brown.

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Points 0 0
Field Goals 0-0 (0.0%) 0-0 (0.0%)
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Team 0 0
Assists 0 0
Steals 0 0
Blocks 0 0
Turnovers 0 0
Fouls 0 0
Technicals 0 0
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away team logo Oral Roberts 10-19 72.1 PPG 38.6 RPG 13.4 APG
home team logo Oklahoma 16-10 71.2 PPG 42.8 RPG 12.8 APG
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E. Nzekwesi 14.9 PPG 8.3 RPG 1.0 APG 54.1 FG%
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C. James 15.3 PPG 6.8 RPG 2.0 APG 41.9 FG%
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