No. 6 Oklahoma beats Maryland-Eastern Shore 100-64
NORMAN, Okla. (AP)—Even without coach Jeff Capel on the bench, it was business as usual for No. 6 Oklahoma.
The Sooners reached the century mark for the first time this season, easily beating Maryland Eastern Shore 100-64 on Monday night while Capel was being treated in a hospital for a stomach virus.
Assistant Mark Cline took over the coaching duties for the first time.
Cline visited Capel earlier Monday and said he expected him to be released from the hospital by Wednesday and back on the bench for Saturday’s Big 12 opener at Kansas State.
“This isn’t the way I wanted to get my first one,” Cline said. “Jeff is my best friend. I’ve known him for 20 years, since he was in the fifth grade. I want him to get back out on the court.”
Oklahoma (14-1) broke away with an 11-0 run midway through the first half and went on to lead 48-22 at halftime.
Blake Griffin led Oklahoma with 20 points and 16 rebounds and Tony Crocker and Willie Warren both added 15 points for the Sooners, who are off to their best start since opening 15-1 in 1988-89.
Neal Pitt had 18 points for the Hawks (1-9), while reserve Chris Conner scored 12.
The starters all left the game just 5 minutes into the second half, but Oklahoma’s reserves extended the lead to 84-38 with 8 minutes left.
Griffin needed just 22 minutes to record his 12th double-double of the season. He blocked four shots as the Sooners finished with a season-high 11. Reserve center Orlando Allen rejected five shots in his 14 minutes and scored a career-high 10 points as Oklahoma finished with a 52-43 rebound advantage.
Taylor Griffin said Oklahoma is ready to start league play.
“You love the big games like Purdue and Davidson in nonconference, but conference is what you look forward to every season,” Griffin said. “You know the guys, you know the teams, you know the gyms, you have the rivalries.”