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McNeace leads Oklahoma past North Texas 73-57

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma has embraced its post-Trae Young identity, and it helped the Sooners win again.

Jamuni McNeace had 16 points and 10 rebounds and headed a strong defensive effort to help Oklahoma defeat North Texas 73-57 on Tuesday night.

Miles Reynolds scored 17 points and Brady Manek added 10 points and eight rebounds for the Sooners (6-1), who held North Texas to 27.5 percent shooting. It was the third time in four games that the Sooners held an opponent to 60 points or fewer.

That's a much different path to success than last year's team with Young that ran at every opportunity. Now that Young is with the Atlanta Hawks, the Sooners have slowed the pace and found a new way to succeed.

''When we defend like that and we have that stretch in the second half where we lock in defensively and stop, score, stop, score - I don't know if there's too many teams in the country that can play 40 minutes with us,'' Reynolds said.

Ryan Woolridge led North Texas (8-1) with 17 points and Roosevelt Smart added 13.

North Texas was no slouch. The Mean Green won the CBI championship last season, had the nation's longest active winning streak at 10 games and had matched the best start in school history. But they couldn't get around McNeace, who only blocked two shots but affected many others.

''Unfortunately, we just laid an egg and it's disgusting, really, to see,'' North Texas coach Grant McCasland said. ''We caught them on a night when they weren't great early and we could have scored some baskets, made it where it would have been them trying to catch up to us, and we didn't take advantage.''

McNeace's rim protection helped Oklahoma defend the perimeter better. North Texas made just 6 of 26 3-pointers.

''It's huge,'' Reynolds said. ''It allows us to put a little extra pressure on the guards. Every time it's in the other guard's head that when they get to the rim, they're going to have to finish over some length at the rim.''

The Sooners held off a rally to lead 29-27 at halftime, but North Texas stayed with it. Woolridge made a layup to tie the game at 34, then Zachary Simmons dunked on the next possession to give the Mean Green their first lead.

Oklahoma bounced back and took control for good midway through the second half. Manek hit a 3-pointer to put the Sooners up by 10, and McNeace's powerful reverse dunk made it 54-43 with about eight minutes to play.

''Give them credit,'' McCasland said. ''When they needed to separate themselves, they did. We weren't prepared to take that kind of physicality at the rim for 40 minutes.''

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BIG PICTURE

North Texas: The Mean Green put in a solid performance, but Oklahoma's inside play was too much. North Texas missed several layups and opportunities in the second half to put itself in a better position.

Oklahoma: The Sooners got another solid win to follow their third-place finish in the Battle 4 Atlantis. They shot 53 percent from the field in the second half to pull away.

HE SAID IT

McCasland on what surprised him: ''The fact that we played awful in the first half and were down two was shocking.''

STAT LINES

Oklahoma made just 17 of 33 free throws, keeping a game that could have been a blowout relatively close. McNeace made just 6 of 13.

UP NEXT

North Texas plays at Indiana State on Dec. 5.

Oklahoma plays Notre Dame in the Jimmy V Classic on Dec. 4.

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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 Brady Manek 15.0
  Umoja Gibson missed 3-pt. jump shot 17.0
  Offensive rebound by Jahmiah Simmons 25.0
  Ryan Woolridge missed 3-pt. jump shot 27.0
  Lost ball turnover on Brady Manek, stolen by Umoja Gibson 35.0
  Bad pass turnover on Umoja Gibson, stolen by Brady Manek 43.0
  Defensive rebound by Umoja Gibson 47.0
  Brady Manek missed 3-pt. jump shot 49.0
+ 1 Umoja Gibson made 3rd of 3 free throws 1:07
+ 1 Umoja Gibson made 2nd of 3 free throws 1:08
+ 1 Umoja Gibson made 1st of 3 free throws 1:08
Team Stats
Points 57 73
Field Goals 19-69 (27.5%) 25-53 (47.2%)
3-Pointers 6-26 (23.1%) 6-17 (35.3%)
Free Throws 13-17 (76.5%) 17-33 (51.5%)
Total Rebounds 41 42
Offensive 13 5
Defensive 24 32
Team 4 5
Assists 8 12
Steals 8 8
Blocks 1 4
Turnovers 17 16
Fouls 26 15
Technicals 0 0
17 PTS, 5 REB, 1 AST
17 PTS, 3 REB, 1 AST
12T
away team logo North Texas 8-1 273057
home team logo Oklahoma 6-1 294473
Team Stats
away team logo North Texas 8-1 71.6 PPG 40.9 RPG 12.9 APG
home team logo Oklahoma 6-1 71.2 PPG 42.8 RPG 12.8 APG
Key Players
0
R. Woolridge G 12.3 PPG 6.1 RPG 5.1 APG 48.3 FG%
3
M. Reynolds G 7.7 PPG 2.5 RPG 1.3 APG 40.0 FG%
Top Scorers
R. Woolridge G 17 PTS 5 REB 1 AST
M. Reynolds G 17 PTS 3 REB 1 AST
27.5 FG% 47.2
23.1 3PT FG% 35.3
76.5 FT% 51.5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
R. Woolridge 17 5 1 6/15 1/2 4/6 1 40 1 1 4 1 4
J. Duffy 9 2 0 3/11 2/6 1/2 3 29 0 0 1 0 2
U. Gibson 5 3 0 1/11 0/7 3/3 2 26 4 0 4 1 2
Z. Simmons 4 12 1 2/8 0/0 0/0 3 29 0 0 3 5 7
J. Simmons 3 8 2 1/7 0/1 1/2 3 22 0 0 1 4 4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
R. Woolridge 17 5 1 6/15 1/2 4/6 1 40 1 1 4 1 4
J. Duffy 9 2 0 3/11 2/6 1/2 3 29 0 0 1 0 2
U. Gibson 5 3 0 1/11 0/7 3/3 2 26 4 0 4 1 2
Z. Simmons 4 12 1 2/8 0/0 0/0 3 29 0 0 3 5 7
J. Simmons 3 8 2 1/7 0/1 1/2 3 22 0 0 1 4 4
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
R. Smart 13 3 1 4/11 3/8 2/2 4 24 3 0 3 0 3
M. Miller 6 3 3 2/5 0/1 2/2 5 16 0 0 1 2 1
D. Draper 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 3 5 0 0 0 0 0
T. Arikawe 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 7 0 0 0 0 1
M. Tikhonenko 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
A. Mohamed - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Murray - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Wise - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Alcindor - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Weger - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 57 37 8 19/69 6/26 13/17 26 200 8 1 17 13 24
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. McNeace 16 10 0 5/6 0/0 6/13 4 30 0 2 1 3 7
B. Manek 10 8 3 3/8 1/3 3/4 1 27 3 2 3 0 8
C. James 9 2 4 3/7 2/4 1/2 3 20 0 0 3 0 2
K. Doolittle 8 3 0 3/5 0/0 2/3 2 21 0 0 0 0 3
A. Calixte 7 2 3 3/7 0/3 1/3 1 26 1 0 2 0 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. McNeace 16 10 0 5/6 0/0 6/13 4 30 0 2 1 3 7
B. Manek 10 8 3 3/8 1/3 3/4 1 27 3 2 3 0 8
C. James 9 2 4 3/7 2/4 1/2 3 20 0 0 3 0 2
K. Doolittle 8 3 0 3/5 0/0 2/3 2 21 0 0 0 0 3
A. Calixte 7 2 3 3/7 0/3 1/3 1 26 1 0 2 0 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Reynolds 17 3 1 6/11 1/3 4/6 2 31 2 0 2 1 2
R. Odomes 3 1 0 1/3 1/1 0/2 0 11 1 0 1 0 1
J. Bieniemy 3 6 0 1/4 1/2 0/0 0 19 1 0 1 0 6
M. Freeman 0 2 1 0/2 0/1 0/0 2 13 0 0 1 1 1
H. Polla 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 2 0 0
A. Reaves - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Geha - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Lazenby - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Streller - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Kuath - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Stephenson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 73 37 12 25/53 6/17 17/33 15 200 8 4 16 5 32