- Dane Beavers, College Sports Editor
- 0 Shares
A week after struggling with Idaho State's zone defense in a close win, the Sooners came out prepared Friday night.
Turns out, all Oklahoma needed was its best perimeter shooter.
Junior guard Steven Pledger, who was suspended for OU's 78-74 win over Idaho State because he participated in a pro-am game last summer, returned to score 20 points on 8-of-14 shooting to lead the Sooners to a 92-65 rout over Coppin State.
Pledger, who admitted to being nervous in his first game of the season, led the Sooners on a 23-0 run early in the first half as OU jumped out to a 30-6 lead. They shot 45 percent from the field and 42 percent from three-point range against the Eagles.
Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said Pledger's return to the starting lineup sparked the Sooners, but it wasn't just his shooting.
"He does so much more," Kruger said. "He sees the floor well. He's got a good feel for the game. He makes plays for others. Defensively, he's got a good feel."
Player of the Game: Steven Pledger.
Unsung Hero: Romero Osby. With 11 points and 10 rebounds, he has back-to-back double-doubles in his first two games as a Sooner.
Key Stat: 61. The Sooners out-rebounded Coppin State 61 to 27. The 61 rebounds are Oklahoma's most in a single game since joining the Big 12. Andrew Fitzgerald, C.J. Washington, Casey Arent and Osby each had at least 8 rebounds tonight.
Quotable: “Coach (Kruger) always preaches rebounding.” -- Osby, who had 10 rebounds for Oklahoma.
"We practiced really hard this week. Coach (Kruger) preached to us about how we have to create our own energy and I think we brought it tonight." -- Fitzgerald on the team's energy level.
"This is not a vacation; it's more of a business trip." -- Pledger on playing in the 76 Classic tournament next week.
A week after struggling with Idaho State's zone defense in a close win, the Sooners came out prepared Friday night. Turns out, all Oklahoma needed was its best perimeter shooter.