Sluggish Sooners handle Coppin State
Norman, OK (Sports Network) – Kevin Bookout scored 19 points to lead the
eighth-ranked Oklahoma Sooners over the Coppin State Eagles, 57-47, at Lloyd
Taj Gray netted 18 points and Nate Carter added seven points for the Sooners
(5-1), who bounced back with a victory after last Saturday’s defeat at the
hands of No. 4 Villanova.
Tywain McKee had 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting and Darryl Roberts added 11
points for the Eagles (0-7), who have lost five of their games this season by
The Sooners started out the game by scoring the first five points, but the
Eagles hung with the Sooners early on and took a 6-5 lead — with Roberts
netting all six points — five minutes into the contest.
However, Oklahoma went on a 14-0 run, started by Gray’s two free throws.
Coppin State didn’t score another basket for over seven minutes and Oklahoma
had a 19-6 lead after Taylor Griffin put in a layup with under nine minutes to
play in the first half.
After the Eagles got a basket to make it 19-8, the Sooners finished the half
with a 9-1 run to go into the locker room with a 28-9 lead.
Coppin State shot 3-of-16 from the floor, a 19 percent average, in the opening
The Eagles pulled it together in the second half and shot much better. They
made it a 14-point game after McKee and Augustine Woodlin hit back-to-back
three pointers to make it 44-30 with a little over eight minutes remaining.
Coppin State kept chipping away at the lead and got to within eight points on
a Michael Norwood layup with under a minute to play. However, that was as
close as they got, as Oklahoma held on to give the crowd a victory.
Oklahoma is 11-0 in the all-time series with Coppin State and is 8-0 against
the Eagles under current head coach Kelvin Sampson…Oklahoma shot 45 percent
from the floor…Coppin State finished the game shooting 36 percent.