NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- Two games into the season, fifth-ranked
Oklahoma already is having to prove its offense isn't
Against unranked Binghamton, Oklahoma had to rely on its outside
shooting instead of its strong inside game in an 88-60 victory
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
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."
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."