No. 19 Oklahoma beats Weber State 85-51
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) As Oklahoma's scoring run against Weber State grew on Monday night, coach Lon Kruger knew his Sooners were executing well, but he wasn't aware they were in the process of setting an NCAA Division I record.
Jordan Woodard and Ryan Spangler each scored 15 points and No. 19 Oklahoma scored 39 straight points to rout Weber State 85-51.
Oklahoma (8-3) broke the previous record for a scoring run against a Division I opponent of 37 points, set by Utah State vs. Idaho on Feb. 15, 2006. Oklahoma's run turned a 10-4 lead into a 49-4 margin.
''You're aware, of course, there's a really good run going on, but you don't stop to think about the numbers, necessarily,'' Kruger said. ''But during that stretch, we were getting looks that we wanted . and they weren't, and that's always what you're looking for.''
The Sooners shot 68.8 percent from the field while building a 51-12 halftime lead. The Sooners finished the game shooting 58.1 percent.
The 12 points allowed by Oklahoma were the fewest the Sooners had given up in a half since allowing Texas A&M 10 points in the first half on March 1, 2008. Weber State (4-6) scored eight of those points in the final 1:52 of the half.
Chris Golden scored 12 points for the Wildcats, who shot 13.6 percent (3 of 22) from the field in the first half and 25.5 percent for the game.
Oklahoma, coming off a two-point loss to Washington in Las Vegas on Saturday, started slowly against the Wildcats. At 4 1/2 minutes into the game, the Sooners were only leading 4-0. Weber State's first field goal was Joel Bolomboy's dunk with 12:56 left in the half, which pulled the Wildcats within 10-4. Those were their last points for more than 11 minutes.
The Sooners' 39-0 run wasn't quite an overall NCAA Division I record, as Southern scored 44 straight points last season against Champion Baptist (Ark.). Weber State coach Randy Rahe - who guided the Wildcats to the NCAA tournament last season - called three timeouts to stop Oklahoma's momentum, but it was in vain.
''We got whitewashed by a very good basketball team that I think was a little bit on edge after a tough loss to Washington,'' Rahe said. ''We couldn't do anything the first half, obviously. A lot of it had to do with them. We've got a really young basketball team and when they got into us and pressured us, it took us out of pretty much everything we tried to do.''
A layup by Woodard extended Oklahoma's lead to 49-4 with 2:26 left in the half. When Weber State's Kyndahl Hill hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 1:52 left, most fans at Lloyd Noble Center cheered.
Oklahoma holds the Division I record for longest time holding an opponent scoreless during the shot-clock era, having blanked Texas A&M for 16:08 in 2008.
TaShawn Thomas added 13 points while Buddy Hield and Dinjiyl Walker had 10 each for Oklahoma. Bolomboy scored nine points for Weber State.
Weber State: Oklahoma was the highest-ranked team the Wildcats have played during the regular season in 17 years, since a December 1997 meeting against then-No. 10 Iowa . Entering the game, Weber State led NCAA Division I in free-throw shooting at 79 percent. The Wildcats went 19 of 25 (76 percent) against Oklahoma.
Oklahoma: Oklahoma announced before the game that its compliance staff discovered an NCAA extra benefit violation involving a men's basketball support staff member and made the NCAA aware of the situation. The university said the violation appeared to be limited and that it ''has taken actions related to its findings,'' including the dismissal of the support staff member, identified by multiple media outlets as strength and conditioning coach Jozsef Szendrei. Oklahoma said any eligibility matters in the situation have been resolved and ''no additional issues in that regard are anticipated.''
Weber State will host Bristol (Calif.) on Saturday.
Oklahoma will host George Mason on Dec. 31.
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT:
Rahe, on what he told his team during Oklahoma's run: ''You're trying to settle them down. You're trying to give them confidence, let them know they're good players and build them back up again. . We're young. I've got eight new guys this year. I've got mostly freshmen and sophomores and we're going to go through some things like this, especially when we play a team like this on the road.''