No. 5 Oklahoma beats Maine 78-52
NORMAN, Okla. (AP)—Blake Griffin had another double-double and Oklahoma remained undefeated.
The 6-foot-10 sophomore had 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead the fifth-ranked Sooners to a 78-52 victory over Maine on Wednesday night.
Griffin made his first six shots and finished 11-of-13 from the field in recording his seventh double-double of the season. He played 22 minutes and 14 of his points came on dunks.
Oklahoma (9-0) is off to its best start since the 2003-04 team opened with 10 straight wins.
“Hopefully we can keep it going all season,” Griffin said. “It goes back to not taking anyone lightly. We can’t stop there. We can’t be satisfied with what we do in nine or 10 games.”
Freshman Willie Warren added 19 points and reserve Ray Willis had 13 points for the Sooners, who shared the spotlight with the Oklahoma football team.
At halftime, the football Sooners were given a rousing ovation as they celebrated their third straight Big 12 championship. No. 2 Oklahoma faces top-ranked Florida on Jan. 8 in the BCS championship game.
Mark Socoby had 10 points to lead the Black Bears (5-5), who shot 29 percent from the field and had 20 turnovers.
“We knew we had our work cut out coming in here,” Maine coach Ted Woodward said. “They have a tremendous player in Blake Griffin. We were a little bit physically overmatched.”
Griffin, who has had 15 or more rebounds in a game six times this season, had three blocks, three assists and two steals. He left the game for good with 5:54 to play and the Sooners ahead 71-40.
Oklahoma led by as many as 23 points in the first half and was ahead by as many as 32 in the second. The Sooners had 28 points off turnovers while committing only nine themselves.
Tony Crocker had 10 points for Oklahoma, which shot 45 percent from the field, but was 7-of-28 from 3-point range.
“I’m pleased with the win,” Oklahoma coach Jeff Capel said. “Our athleticism overwhelmed them a little bit. There’s not a lot of people who can match up with him (Griffin) physically.”
In the first ever meeting between the schools, Oklahoma trailed 3-0 before Griffin scored the next eight points and 10 of 12 for the Sooners as they began to pull away.
“In the first half, when we needed it, we had pretty good emotion,” Griffin said. “Our biggest thing is not to take anyone lightly. If we bring a lot of energy, we’ll be all right.”
Sean McNally had nine points for Maine, which was 6-of-22 from 3-point range.
The No. 5 ranking is Oklahoma’s highest since November 2005.