McNeace leads Oklahoma past North Texas 73-57
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Jamuni McNeace had 16 points and 10 rebounds to help Oklahoma defeat North Texas 73-57 on Tuesday night.
Miles Reynolds scored 17 points and Brady Manek added 10 points and eight rebounds for the Sooners (6-1), who held North Texas to 27.5 percent shooting. It was the third time in four games that the Sooners held an opponent to 60 points or fewer.
Ryan Woolridge led North Texas (8-1) with 17 points and Roosevelt Smart added 13.
North Texas was no slouch. The Mean Green won the CBI championship last season, had the nation’s longest active winning streak at 10 games and had matched the best start in school history.
The Sooners held off a rally to lead 29-27 at halftime, but North Texas stayed with it. Woolridge made a layup to tie the game at 34, then Zachary Simmons dunked on the next possession to give the Mean Green their first lead.
Oklahoma bounced back and took control for good midway through the second half. Manek hit a 3-pointer to put the Sooners up by 10, and McNeace’s powerful reverse dunk made it 54-43 with about eight minutes to play.
North Texas: The Mean Green put in a solid performance, but Oklahoma’s inside play was too much. North Texas missed several layups and opportunities in the second half to put itself in a better position.
Oklahoma: The Sooners got another solid win to follow their third-place finish in the Battle 4 Atlantis. They shot 53 percent from the field in the second half to pull away.
North Texas plays at Indiana State on Dec. 5.
Oklahoma plays Notre Dame in the Jimmy V Classic on Dec. 4.
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