Shooting better than fifty per cent much of the afternoon and limiting a young Razorback team to 34 per cent from the floor, a steady and balanced OU Sooners squad ran their non-conference home winning streak to 32 with a 78-63 win over visiting Arkansas.
“I thought the guys were great,” said Kruger. “Good communication, good awareness.”
OU improves to 7-1 and plays next in the All-College Classic in Oklahoma City December 17th.
Playing in front of a spirited crowd (9,077) at Lloyd Noble Center, the Sooners led by as many as 16 in the first half behind 17 pts and 7 rebounds from Andrew Fitzgerald, who finished w/17 in just 23 minutes. Arkansas, starting one senior and showing their inexperience shot just 34.5% from the floor, including a miserable 7-28 in the first half.
OU once again won the battle of the boards, outrebounding Arkansas 38-26. OU’s Steven Pledger led four Sooners in double figures with 22 points. BJ Young came off the bench to score 24 and lead all scorers with 9-16 shooting including 3-7 three pointers.
Tyler Neal came off the bench to score 18 pts and dish out 4 assists. Fitzgeralds jumper with 10:22 to play in the opening half gave OU a 24-9 lead and capped a 24-5 run. Celebrating his 21st birthday, Fitzgerald hit 7-9 first half shots.
Coming into the game a minute in due to foul trouble, Neal sparked the Sooners on the defensive end as well as behind the three point line (4-8). His 28 points were a career high.
“Great to see him aggressive, attacking,” said Kruger. “I thought Tyler was the glue on the defensive end.”