Young tallies 15 points, 10 assists in Sooners debut
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) —
Hometown star Trae Young had 15 points, 10 assists and six rebounds in his college debut, and Oklahoma defeated Omaha 108-89 on Sunday.
Young, who played high school basketball at Norman North, also had two steals and two blocks.
Jamuni McNeace had 14 points and a career-high six blocks and Christian James also scored 14 points for Oklahoma (1-0). Matt Freeman scored 13 points and Jordan Shepherd had 10 points and a career-high six assists for the Sooners.
Brady Manek, a freshman from Harrah, Oklahoma, added 11 points for the Sooners. It was the first time Oklahoma scored more than 100 points since Buddy Hield's 46-point outburst against Kansas in January 2016.
Zach Jackson scored 24 points and JT Gibson added 16 for Omaha (0-2). Daniel Norl, who scored 29 points in the opener, finished with 11.
Oklahoma shot 54.1 percent in the first half to take a 52-38 halftime lead. Young had six points, seven assists and five rebounds in 15 minutes of action before the break. He made just 1 of 7 shots in the first half, but his teammates made 19 of 30, with many of those buckets set up by his pinpoint passing. The Sooners held Omaha to 39 percent shooting before the break.
Omaha made a push to start the second half and cut its deficit to 12, but an alley-oop from Young for a dunk by Manek pushed Oklahoma's lead back out to 17. Another Young to Manek alley-oop dunk put the Sooners up 20 with 5:32 remaining.
Omaha: The Mavericks improved offensively in the second half, but they couldn't stay in front of Young or keep the Sooners off the glass. Oklahoma outrebounded the Mavericks 46-31.
Oklahoma: Young made his mark early by creating easier shots for Oklahoma's talented roster. He showed the potential to be the missing piece that could help the Sooners return to prominence. He averaged 42.6 points as a senior in high school, yet he made setting up his teammates a priority in the opener.
Omaha: Plays at New Mexico on Tuesday.
Oklahoma: Hosts Ball State on Wednesday.