The Oklahoma Sooners improve to 2-0 on the season with an 87-67 win over UTSA on Monday night. Utilizing a 24-11 run to close out the contest, the athleticism and strength of the program proved too much to handle down the stretch. Although eleven different players stepped onto the court, there’s one that continues to rise above the rest.
In back-to-back road contests to open the season, Christian James work during the off-season appears to have paid off. Recording a 29-point game to open the year, the senior added a 24-point outing to the resume. Connecting on 8-of-10 shots, James’ efficiency on the court is undeniable. Moving forward, the offense will run through the experienced guard as others discover their role.
On the defensive side of the court, the length of Jamuni McNease and Brady Manek created all sorts of trouble for the Roadrunners. Assuming the role of rim-protectors, the duo altered numerous attacks from the opposition. The effort produced twenty turnovers. Regardless, UTSA continued to fight in front of a home crowd.
Taking a 52-48 lead in the second half with just over fourteen minutes left in regulation, the Roadrunners refused to let up. With an opportunity to secure a win over a Power 5 program, the crowd watched on. However, it was the Sooners’ Miles Reynolds turning the deficit around with five consecutive points. Without looking back, Oklahoma quickly began to distance themselves from the competition.
Building a margin of 15-points, it evident that the game was in hand. Returning home, the Sooners finally have the opportunity to play in front of a home crowd as Wofford comes to town.