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Young's 15 points, 10 assists lead Oklahoma past Omaha

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Hometown star Trae Young couldn't wait to play his first regular-season game for his beloved Oklahoma Sooners.

Perhaps he was in too much of a hurry - his first shot was an air ball. The freshman recovered and had 15 points, 10 assists and six rebounds in his college debut to help Oklahoma defeat Omaha 108-89 on Sunday.

''Just ready to get it going,'' Young, a McDonald's All-American for Norman North High last season, said. ''I was tired of the wait. No, not nervous, just very anxious.''

Young also had two steals and two blocks. His all-around play offset a 4-for-13 shooting performance.

''My teammates had my back tonight,'' he said.

Omaha coach Derrin Hansen said he remembers Young from AAU ball and said nothing has changed.

''I just remember him being a really, really good player,'' he said. ''His decision-making and his passes, even in traffic, are pinpoint. And those are real qualities. Whether it's in transition, off of a ball screen or whether he's driving in the paint, he's in control of the basketball.''

Jamuni McNeace had 14 points and a career-high six blocks and Christian James also scored 14 points for Oklahoma (1-0). Matt Freeman scored 13 points and Jordan Shepherd had 10 points and a career-high six assists for the Sooners.

Brady Manek, a freshman from Harrah, Oklahoma, added 11 points for the Sooners. It was the first time Oklahoma scored more than 100 points since Buddy Hield's 46-point outburst against Kansas in January 2016.

''This should be a deep squad,'' Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said. ''Obviously, the more depth the better. There might be foul trouble or a tweaked ankle or whatever, so it's nice to know you can go deep into the bench and get good production.''

Zach Jackson scored 24 points and JT Gibson added 16 for Omaha (0-2). Daniel Norl, who scored 29 points in the opener, finished with 11.

Oklahoma shot 54.1 percent in the first half to take a 52-38 halftime lead. Young had six points, seven assists and five rebounds in 15 minutes of action before the break. He made just 1 of 7 shots in the first half, but his teammates made 19 of 30, with many of those buckets set up by his pinpoint passing. The Sooners held Omaha to 39 percent shooting before the break.

Omaha made a push to start the second half and cut its deficit to 12, but an alley-oop from Young for a dunk by Manek pushed Oklahoma's lead back out to 17. Another Young to Manek alley-oop dunk put the Sooners up 20 with 5:32 remaining.

''Size, length and athleticism - especially over time - trumps execution,'' Hansen said. ''How we want to double, how we want to trap and how we want to guard the ball screen - it doesn't matter. When you can throw it over the top on a consistent basis, there's not much you can do no matter what your execution is.''

BIG PICTURE

Omaha: The Mavericks improved offensively in the second half, but they couldn't stay in front of Young or keep the Sooners off the glass. Oklahoma outrebounded the Mavericks 46-31.

Oklahoma: Young made his mark early by creating easier shots for Oklahoma's talented roster. He showed the potential to be the missing piece that could help the Sooners return to prominence. He averaged 42.6 points as a senior in high school, yet he made setting up his teammates a priority in the opener.

TURNING POINT

Young subbed back in with 9:15 remaining and the Sooners leading 80-68. When he went to the bench for good with 3:56 remaining, the Sooners led 95-76. He had a layup and two assists during that stretch.

QUOTABLE

Kruger on Young's double-double: ''It's not going to be unusual that he does that. We expect him to make good plays and expect him to push the pace and make good decisions. Scoring is a part of it. So yeah, not surprised that it happened.''

STAT LINES

The Sooners had 13 blocked shots. McNeace led the way with six, Young had two, Khadeem Lattin had two and Manek, Freeman and Shepherd had one apiece.

UP NEXT

Omaha: Plays at New Mexico on Tuesday.

Oklahoma: Hosts Ball State on Wednesday.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Defensive rebound by Jordan Shepherd 13.0
  Alex Allbery missed 3-pt. jump shot 15.0
+ 3 Matt Freeman made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Ty Lazenby 35.0
+ 2 JT Gibson made layup, assist by Daniel Norl 47.0
  Bad pass turnover on Kameron McGusty, stolen by Nebraska Omaha 50.0
+ 3 Daniel Norl made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Matt Pile 1:16
+ 3 Kameron McGusty made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jordan Shepherd 1:30
+ 2 Matt Pile made layup 1:41
  Turnover on Rashard Odomes 1:52
  Offensive foul on Rashard Odomes 1:52
+ 2 Matt Pile made dunk, assist by JT Gibson 2:04
Team Stats
Points 89 108
Field Goals 32-73 (43.8%) 39-70 (55.7%)
3-Pointers 12-22 (54.5%) 8-25 (32.0%)
Free Throws 13-17 (76.5%) 22-27 (81.5%)
Total Rebounds 31 46
Offensive 5 8
Defensive 19 31
Team 7 7
Assists 19 21
Steals 13 5
Blocks 2 13
Turnovers 13 17
Fouls 17 16
Technicals 0 0
24 PTS, 6 REB, 2 AST
15 PTS, 6 REB, 10 AST
12T
away team logo Nebraska Omaha 0-2 385189
home team logo Oklahoma 1-0 5256108
Team Stats
away team logo Nebraska Omaha 0-2 78.8 PPG 35.2 RPG 12.8 APG
home team logo Oklahoma 1-0 71.3 PPG 41.1 RPG 12.6 APG
Key Players
21
Z. Jackson G 18.1 PPG 4.3 RPG 1.9 APG 49.5 FG%
00
T. Young G PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
Z. Jackson G 24 PTS 6 REB 2 AST
T. Young G 15 PTS 6 REB 10 AST
43.8 FG% 55.7
54.5 3PT FG% 32.0
76.5 FT% 81.5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Z. Jackson 24 6 2 8/15 1/2 7/8 4 25 2 1 0 2 4
M. Hahn 13 4 2 5/12 3/6 0/0 2 31 3 1 2 0 4
D. Norl 11 6 2 3/8 2/4 3/4 2 32 2 0 2 2 4
K. Robinson 5 1 3 2/13 1/2 0/0 1 25 0 0 4 0 1
D. Meyer 4 0 3 2/8 0/0 0/0 2 17 0 0 0 0 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Z. Jackson 24 6 2 8/15 1/2 7/8 4 25 2 1 0 2 4
M. Hahn 13 4 2 5/12 3/6 0/0 2 31 3 1 2 0 4
D. Norl 11 6 2 3/8 2/4 3/4 2 32 2 0 2 2 4
K. Robinson 5 1 3 2/13 1/2 0/0 1 25 0 0 4 0 1
D. Meyer 4 0 3 2/8 0/0 0/0 2 17 0 0 0 0 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Gibson 16 4 4 5/7 3/5 3/5 1 25 3 0 3 0 4
A. Akinwole 8 0 2 3/3 2/2 0/0 0 15 1 0 0 0 0
L. Wofford-Humphrey 4 1 0 2/3 0/0 0/0 3 16 0 0 1 0 1
M. Pile 4 2 1 2/3 0/0 0/0 0 8 0 0 1 1 1
A. Allbery 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 2 6 2 0 0 0 0
R. Suggs - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Lipovsky - - - - - - - - - - - - -
H. Miller - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. Thornhill - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Tricker - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Tut - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 89 24 19 32/73 12/22 13/17 17 200 13 2 13 5 19
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Young 15 6 10 4/13 1/6 6/8 1 26 2 2 3 1 5
C. James 14 2 1 5/10 1/6 3/4 3 27 2 0 1 1 1
B. Manek 11 6 1 5/7 1/3 0/0 0 23 0 1 2 1 5
R. Odomes 9 2 1 2/3 0/1 5/7 1 19 0 0 2 1 1
K. Lattin 8 7 0 3/7 0/0 2/2 4 11 0 2 1 3 4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Young 15 6 10 4/13 1/6 6/8 1 26 2 2 3 1 5
C. James 14 2 1 5/10 1/6 3/4 3 27 2 0 1 1 1
B. Manek 11 6 1 5/7 1/3 0/0 0 23 0 1 2 1 5
R. Odomes 9 2 1 2/3 0/1 5/7 1 19 0 0 2 1 1
K. Lattin 8 7 0 3/7 0/0 2/2 4 11 0 2 1 3 4
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. McNeace 14 5 1 6/7 0/0 2/2 1 24 0 6 3 0 5
M. Freeman 13 2 0 5/6 3/3 0/0 1 17 0 1 0 0 2
J. Shepherd 10 3 6 3/5 0/1 4/4 1 20 1 1 1 0 3
K. McGusty 9 3 0 4/6 1/2 0/0 0 18 0 0 3 0 3
T. Lazenby 3 3 1 1/5 1/3 0/0 2 10 0 0 0 1 2
H. Polla 2 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 2 5 0 0 1 0 0
M. Thorpe - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Geha - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Giles - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Streller - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 108 39 21 39/70 8/25 22/27 16 200 5 13 17 8 31