Buddy Hield waited to the second half to heat up. But once the sophomore guard did, Oklahoma was able to run away from Mercer en route to a 96-82 victory Monday at Lloyd Noble Center.
Hield shot 6-for-11 from the floor to pace the Sooners (6-1). Ryan Spangler added career highs of 20 points and 13 rebounds. Cameron Clark scored 19 points.
Monty Brown led the Bears (5-4) with 16 points. Sophomore Phillip Leonard came off the bench to post 12 points in the defeat.
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Defense was not at a premium for either team to start the night. Mercer and Oklahoma were off and running from the opening whistle and rarely let the shot clock get under the 20 second mark before hoisting up a shot.
However, it was the Sooners who were more adept at playing this style as they jumped out to a 30-17 lead halfway through the first half. That included Clark making a fade away 3-pointer as he was being fouled. (AP/SoonerSports.com)
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