Binghamton 60

(0-3, 0-2 away)

(5) Oklahoma 88

(2-0, 2-0 home)

    8:00 PM ET, November 23, 2005

    Lloyd Noble Center, Norman, Oklahoma

    1 2 T
    BING 31 2960
    #5OKLA 50 3888

    Top Performers

    Binghamton: M. Gordon 14 Pts, 3 Reb, 3 Ast, 3 Stl

    Oklahoma: T. Gray 14 Pts, 8 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl, 4 Blk

    Three Sooners score 14 to down Binghamton

    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- Two games into the season, fifth-ranked Oklahoma already is having to prove its offense isn't one-dimensional.

    Against unranked Binghamton, Oklahoma had to rely on its outside shooting instead of its strong inside game in an 88-60 victory Wednesday night.

    With Oklahoma's inside game limited in the first half because of Binghamton's collapsing zone defense, the Sooners were forced to produce from the outside. Michael Neal and David Godbold hit four 3-pointers each and combined to shoot 8-of-16 from long range while the Sooners shot 55 percent from 3-point range.

    Oklahoma came from behind early, with Godbold hitting his first of four 3-pointers to tie the game. Neal helped Oklahoma close out the half on a 26-9 run, hitting all four of his 3-pointers during the final 4:19 of the half.

    "He's learning how to play out there," Oklahoma coach Kelvin Sampson said of the junior college transfer. "He's really getting better. Sometimes when you're a good shooter you rely on that too much. But he's a good basketball player and he's going to keep improving."

    Taj Gray, the preseason Big 12 Player of the Year, finished with 14 points, but was limited to 21 minutes due to foul trouble. Gray picked up a technical on a first-half dunk after he lingered on the rim too long and the official said he heard Gray say something on the way down.

    "It wasn't really easy to get in the flow, I just had to try something different," said Gray, who scored eight points in Oklahoma's opener. "Last game, I didn't come out with a lot of energy. This game I tried to come out with a lot of energy and aggression. I just tried to change the way I play."

    As he did in a 68-41 win against Samford, Sampson again played 11 players, with all but one scoring.

    "You've got to remember that this is the second game of the year and you have to be careful not to over-evaluate things like I do," Sampson said. "The problem with basketball coaches is that we want to play the perfect game, and basketball is an imperfect game. We won't accept just playing good. I want us to play great."

    Oklahoma's 11 3-pointers matched last season's high and the Sooners turned 13 offensive rebounds into 18 second-chance points.

    "Oklahoma's a good basketball team and they showed it today," Binghamton coach Al Walker said. "They can come out and knock the shots down. I thought we were respectable."

    Andre Heard, from nearby Oklahoma City, led the Bearcats with 18 points on 5-of-16 shooting. Guard Mike Gordon scored 14 points for Binghamton.

    Gray, Godbold and Neal each scored 14 points to lead Oklahoma, which hosts unranked Belmont on Saturday night.

    Overall, Sampson thought his team passed another early test.

    "I think there's mistakes of omission and commission," Sampson said. "As long as we're doing the right one we'll be OK."

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 60 88
    FG Made-Attempted 19-50 (.380) 29-53 (.547)
    3P Made-Attempted 6-15 (.400) 11-20 (.550)
    FT Made-Attempted 16-25 (.640) 19-24 (.792)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (0/0) 23 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 3 29

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