NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- Tuning up for a big game, Oklahoma (No. 12 ESPN/USA Today; NO. 14 AP) overwhelmed Arkansas-Pine Bluff 94-24 Tuesday night in coach Kelvin Sampson's most lopsided win in 10 seasons with the Sooners.
The Sooners (4-0) didn't have to break much of a sweat while
preparing for Saturday's showdown at No. 5 Michigan State. The 24
points were the fewest by an Oklahoma opponent in 60 years.
Oklahoma led 48-9 at halftime. When UAPB's Jamaal Bibles hit a
3-pointer early in the second half that put his team into
double-digits, the crowd cheered wildly for the overmatched Golden
The Sooners limited the Golden Lions (0-4) to just nine field
goals and 21 percent shooting.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff is playing 11 of its first 12 games on the
road, and has now lost its first four games by an average of 38
Going into halftime, the Golden Lions had almost twice as many
turnovers (23) as shot attempts (13). At one point in the first
half, the Golden Lions went more than five minutes without even
getting off a shot.
Oklahoma forced Arkansas-Pine Bluff into 41 turnovers on 26
No one from Arkansas-Pine Bluff scored in double figures. The
leading scorer was Billy Hall, who scored six points. Three other
players had four points.
The only person who didn't get into the game for the Sooners was
walk-on freshman guard Kellen Sampson, the coach's son who is
redshirting this season.