NORMAN – In the final tune-up before the start of the regular season, Oklahoma men’s basketball upended East Central University 114-78 in an exhibition matchup on Wednesday night inside Lloyd Noble Center.
Five Sooners scored in double-digits, led by freshman guard Trae Young’s 23 points on 8-of-14 shooting. Junior guard Christian James collected 18 points, six rebounds and four steals, while senior forward Khadeem Lattin recorded a double-double of posting 15 points and 10 boards.
East Central played well in the first half against the Big 12 powerhouse, hitting 8-of-19 3-point shots while shooting 16-of-33 overall (48.5 percent). The Sooners led 68-45 at intermission.
The Tigers hit just 2-of-13 triples (15.4 percent) after halftime and made just 10-of-33 overall shots (30.3 percent) during the final 20 minutes.
“Pleased that the group continues to make progress from two weeks ago,” said OU head coach Lon Kruger. “Really good practices, working hard every day, making consistent progress, but there’s a long way to go, but excited about that as well. Defensively better in the second half, obviously. Offensively just making good plays for each other, moving the ball and sharing it and finishing it.”
Oklahoma shot 28-of-41 (.683) in the opening half.
The Sooners outrebounded the Tigers 52-32 as five OU players pulled down at least five boards. Oklahoma scored 68 points in the paint.
Da’Rion King, a junior from Racine, Wisconsin, led the Tigers with 16 points on an impressive 7-of-9 shooting performance. Junior Marcus Lytle added 14 points for ECU, while sophomore Camron Talley followed with nine points. Senior Brett Cannon finished with seven points and three assists.
Talley, Lytle, Jamey Woods and Jeremiah Fleming all hit two 3-pointers apiece for the visitors.
OU opens the regular season at 2 p.m. Sunday against Omaha. at home. The contest will be Kruger’s 200th game as the head coach of Oklahoma.
Meanwhile, East Central has another exhibition game at 8 p.m. tonight at New Mexico State and will play its final exhibition contest at 3 p.m. Sunday at Texas-San Antonio.
The Tigers open the regular season at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16, when Arkansas Tech visits the Kerr Activities Center.