OU beats Washburn in exhibition opener

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Updated: 11/02/2012 11:26 pm Published: 11/02/2012 11:24 pm

NORMAN, Okla. -- The Oklahoma men's basketball team opened the 2012-13 season with an 83-66 exhibition win over Washburn on Friday night at Lloyd Noble Center.

The Sooners were led in scoring by a pair of newcomers. Freshman Buddy Hield went 3-for-4 from 3-point range and scored a team-high 16 points while junior transfer Amath M'Baye went 4-for-8 from the field and 6-for-8 from the free throw line en route to a 14-point effort. Hield added five rebounds and three steals, and M'Baye tied a team high with six boards.

OU was bolstered by its 3-point shooting. The Sooners were 11-for-22 from behind the arc and received long-range production from five players. The freshman guard trio of Hield, Isaiah Cousins (3-for-4) and Je'lon Hornbeak (2-for-2) went a combined 8-for-10 from deep. Cousins finished with nine points and Hornbeak six.

Oklahoma head coach Lon Kruger, going against former Kansas State teammate Bob Chipman's NCAA Division II Ichabods, saw his team lead 40-28 at halftime only to see the margin cut to six (46-40) with 16 minutes remaining. OU later used a 12-2 run to go up 74-53 and cruised down the stretch.

Both teams were plagued by turnovers, with the Ichabods committing 23 and the Sooners 21.

OU outshot Washburn 43.9 percent to 41.1, and posted a modest 40-36 rebounding advantage.

All-America guard Will McNeill led Washburn, which is ranked No. 4 in the Division II national preseason poll, with 19 points. He was 12-for-12 at the free throw line.

The Sooners return to the court Wednesday for their final exhibition game against Central Oklahoma at 7 p.m. The game will be played at McCasland Field House in the heart of OU's campus as part of the inaugural Field House Series. Tickets cost $5 (free for OU students). UCO is coached by former OU point guard Terry Evans.

OU's regular season commences Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. against ULM at Lloyd Noble Center.

Story courtesy of OU media relations.

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