The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

December 31, 2012

Sooners rout Islanders


Associated Press

NORMAN, Okla. —  Steven Pledger scored a game-high 17 points and Amath M’Baye had 14 points and six rebounds to lead Oklahoma past Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 72-42 on Monday.

Pledger entered the contest shooting only 36 percent on 3-point attempts, but connected on 5 of 10 shots from beyond the arc to give the Sooners (9-3) an offensive spark in the first regular-season game played at OU’s McCasland Field House in 38 years.

OU jumped out to an early 18-6 lead and never looked back en route to handing the Islanders their 10th-straight loss, dating back to a season-opening win over Texas Lutheran on Nov. 11. Joy Williamson led Texas A&M-Corpus Christi with 14 points and five rebounds.

Less than 48 hours after turning in a 16-point, six-rebound effort in a win over Ohio, M’Baye helped the Sooners roll out to a 40-21 halftime advantage. He led OU with eight first-half points.

M’Baye, the Big 12 Newcomer of the Week, was 7 for 11 from the field and had six rebounds to share the team lead with Romero Osby, who scored six of his eight points at the free-throw line.

OU outrebounded the Islanders 44-32 and shot 41 percent from the field, compared to only 29 percent for the visitors. The Sooners will open Big 12 Conference play at West Virginia Saturday.



OKLAHOMA 72, TEXAS A&M-CC 42

TEXAS A&M-CC (1-10) — Nelson 2-12 0-1 5, Williamson 5-13 3-4 14, Pye 2-5 0-0 5,  Ali 3-9 0-0 6, Jordan 3-11 0-1 6, Martinez 0-1 0-0 0, Currie 0-1 0-0 0,  Francis 0-1 0-0 0, Maxey 2-5 0-0 4, King 0-0 2-2 2. Totals 17-58 5-8 42.

OKLAHOMA (9-3) — M’Baye 7-11 0-0 14, Osby 1-1 6-6 8, Pledger 6-15 0-0 17,  Hield 3-10 0-0 7, Hornbeak 1-1 0-0 3, Grooms 0-0 2-2 2,  Fitzgerald 4-4 1-2 9, Cousins 1-8 0-0 3, Fraschilla 0-2 0-0 0,  Neal 0-5 0-0 0, Clark 1-2 4-4 7, Arent 0-0 2-2 2. Totals 24-59 15-16 72.

Halftime—Oklahoma 40-21. 3-Point Goals—Texas A&M-CC 3-14 (Pye 1-2,  Nelson 1-3, Williamson 1-5, Ali 0-1, Martinez 0-1, Jordan 0-2), Oklahoma  9-26 (Pledger 5-10, Clark 1-1, Hornbeak 1-1, Cousins 1-3, Hield 1-6,  Fraschilla 0-2, Neal 0-3). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Texas A&M-CC 35  (Jordan 6), Oklahoma 44 (M’Baye, Osby 6). Assists—Texas A&M-CC 3  (Currie, Jordan, Nelson 1), Oklahoma 14 (Hornbeak 5). Total Fouls—Texas  A&M-CC 16, Oklahoma 14. A—2,751.