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James has 14 points, 13 rebounds; Oklahoma tops Wichita St.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma's defense suffocated Wichita State in an 80-48 win on Saturday at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

The Sooners held the Shockers to 6-for-30 shooting in the second half. Overall, Wichita State shot just 24.2 percent - the fourth-lowest field goal percentage by an Oklahoma opponent during the Lon Kruger coaching era started in 2011.

''Guys just have an understanding of their roles, what they need to do to help the team to be effective defensively,'' Kruger said. ''It has become contagious. Guys have a lot of pride on that end of the floor.''

The Sooners have held three of their past four opponents under 60 points, fueling a four-game win streak.

''I think that just has a lot to do with us enjoying playing defense,'' Oklahoma guard Miles Reynolds said. ''We know when we're locked in defensively. When we're playing as a unit, not too many teams are going to get very good looks against us. That's going to allow us to get out in transition.''

The offense was working, too. Christian James had 14 points and a career-high 13 rebounds, Reynolds scored 14 points, Matt Freeman scored 11 and Aaron Calixte added 10 for the Sooners (8-1).

James, the Big 12's leading scorer with nearly 20 points per game, made 3 of 6 3-pointers.

Markis McDuffie scored 19 points for Wichita State, but he made just 6 of 17 shots. No one else scored in double figures for the Shockers (4-4).

''We weren't executing,'' McDuffie said. "So I guess guys were feeling we had to force up shots. We weren't poised.''

The Sooners led 25-22 in the first half before a 3-pointer by James started a 7-0 run that pushed Oklahoma's lead to 32-22. Oklahoma led 32-27 at halftime behind 12 points and 10 rebounds from James.

A 3-pointer by freshman Jamal Bieniemy early in the second half pushed Oklahoma's lead back up to 10. A 3-pointer by Calixte increased the lead to 51-34, and the Sooners controlled the rest of the game.

''It was a good win against a club that's going to win a lot of ball games this year,'' Kruger said. ''I thought the first half we looked careless with the ball. I was really impressed with the way the guys regrouped and really came out and played awfully well in the second half.''

BIG PICTURE

Wichita State: The Shockers, who beat Big 12 Conference member Baylor last Saturday, had been competitive in their other losses this season. The Shockers had been averaging 74.7 points per game before getting shut down on Saturday.

Oklahoma: The Sooners improved a strong nonconference resume that already included wins over Florida and Notre Dame. Oklahoma outrebounded the Shockers 52-33 and posted its largest victory margin of the season.

STAT LINES

Wichita State's McDuffie became the 47th player in school history to score at least 1,000 points in his career. It happened in his 100th career game with the Shockers. The senior forward entered the day as the leading scorer in the American Athletic Conference with 19.6 points per game.

INJURY UPDATE

Starting center Jamuni McNeace sat out with a right ankle injury from last Sunday's practice. The team's No. 2 scorer and rebounder also missed Oklahoma's win over Notre Dame. Kruger said he expects McNeace to return for the Sooners next game against Southern California.

HE SAID IT

McDuffie: ''Oklahoma just took off and started playing as a team. They started knocking down shots, gaining a lot of confidence. We were still stuck in our ways, trying to figure out how we're going to turn the game up. We just couldn't do that today.''

UP NEXT

Wichita State hosts Jacksonville State on Wednesday.

Oklahoma plays Southern California next Saturday in Tulsa.

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Key Players
S. Haynes-Jones
C. James
32.3 Min. Per Game 32.3
19.9 Pts. Per Game 19.9
2.3 Ast. Per Game 2.3
4.6 Reb. Per Game 4.6
33.0 Field Goal % 51.7
34.7 Three Point % 43.3
84.6 Free Throw % 81.8
+ 1 Hannes Polla made 2nd of 2 free throws 10.0
+ 1 Hannes Polla made 1st of 2 free throws 10.0
  Shooting foul on Isaiah Poor Bear-Chandler 10.0
  Offensive rebound by Hannes Polla 4.0
  Rashard Odomes missed dunk 6.0
  Offensive rebound by Rashard Odomes 7.0
  Jamal Bieniemy missed layup 9.0
  Defensive rebound by Jamal Bieniemy 36.0
  Eli Farrakhan missed jump shot 38.0
+ 2 Patrick Geha made layup 47.0
  Defensive rebound by Oklahoma 59.0
Team Stats
Points 48 80
Field Goals 15-62 (24.2%) 26-59 (44.1%)
3-Pointers 5-27 (18.5%) 10-25 (40.0%)
Free Throws 13-15 (86.7%) 18-22 (81.8%)
Total Rebounds 33 52
Offensive 11 13
Defensive 20 34
Team 2 5
Assists 5 10
Steals 6 7
Blocks 2 2
Turnovers 15 18
Fouls 18 15
Technicals 1 0
19 PTS, 7 REB
14 PTS, 4 REB, 2 AST
12T
away team logo Wichita State 4-4 272148
home team logo Oklahoma 8-1 354580
Team Stats
away team logo Wichita State 4-4 70.3 PPG 40.8 RPG 13.1 APG
home team logo Oklahoma 8-1 76.0 PPG 47.2 RPG 13.0 APG
Key Players
1
M. McDuffie F 18.4 PPG 5.4 RPG 0.9 APG 42.9 FG%
0
C. James G 18.9 PPG 6.5 RPG 2.2 APG 50.4 FG%
Top Scorers
M. McDuffie F 19 PTS 7 REB 0 AST
C. James G 14 PTS 13 REB 2 AST
24.2 FG% 44.1
18.5 3PT FG% 40.0
86.7 FT% 81.8
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
M. McDuffie 31 19 7 0 3 0 3 1 6/17 2/7 5/5 4 3
J. Echenique 15 7 4 0 0 1 1 2 2/3 1/2 2/2 2 2
S. Haynes-Jones 22 2 1 0 1 0 2 1 0/9 0/3 2/2 1 0
R. Torres 25 2 3 3 0 0 1 0 1/4 0/3 0/0 0 3
D. Dennis 32 0 4 1 0 1 3 0 0/6 0/1 0/0 0 4
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
M. McDuffie 31 19 7 0 3 0 3 1 6/17 2/7 5/5 4 3
J. Echenique 15 7 4 0 0 1 1 2 2/3 1/2 2/2 2 2
S. Haynes-Jones 22 2 1 0 1 0 2 1 0/9 0/3 2/2 1 0
R. Torres 25 2 3 3 0 0 1 0 1/4 0/3 0/0 0 3
D. Dennis 32 0 4 1 0 1 3 0 0/6 0/1 0/0 0 4
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
E. Stevenson 21 8 5 1 2 0 1 5 3/11 2/9 0/0 3 2
J. Burton 17 4 2 0 0 0 1 1 1/5 0/2 2/2 1 1
M. Udeze 11 3 3 0 0 0 1 2 1/3 0/0 1/2 0 3
E. Farrakhan 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 0
R. Brown 9 1 2 0 0 0 0 3 0/0 0/0 1/2 0 2
A. Midtgaard 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
I. Poor Bear-Chandler 11 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0/2 0/0 0/0 0 0
T. Allen - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Bush - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Herrs - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Busse - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Moore - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 48 31 5 6 2 15 18 15/62 5/27 13/15 11 20
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
M. Reynolds 29 14 4 2 1 0 2 2 3/6 1/3 7/7 1 3
C. James 33 14 13 2 1 1 5 0 5/11 3/6 1/2 2 11
A. Calixte 19 10 3 3 0 0 3 1 3/6 2/3 2/2 1 2
B. Manek 26 8 3 0 1 0 1 2 2/11 0/5 4/7 1 2
K. Doolittle 21 6 8 0 1 0 1 4 3/5 0/0 0/0 4 4
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
M. Reynolds 29 14 4 2 1 0 2 2 3/6 1/3 7/7 1 3
C. James 33 14 13 2 1 1 5 0 5/11 3/6 1/2 2 11
A. Calixte 19 10 3 3 0 0 3 1 3/6 2/3 2/2 1 2
B. Manek 26 8 3 0 1 0 1 2 2/11 0/5 4/7 1 2
K. Doolittle 21 6 8 0 1 0 1 4 3/5 0/0 0/0 4 4
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
M. Freeman 22 11 3 0 1 0 3 1 3/5 3/5 2/2 0 3
H. Polla 8 6 3 0 0 1 0 2 2/2 0/0 2/2 3 0
J. Bieniemy 22 5 4 3 1 0 2 2 2/7 1/2 0/0 0 4
R. Odomes 18 4 6 0 1 0 1 1 2/5 0/1 0/0 1 5
P. Geha 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 0
R. Streller 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
J. McNeace - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Reaves - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Lazenby - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Kuath - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Stephenson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 80 47 10 7 2 18 15 26/59 10/25 18/22 13 34