Norman, OK (Sports Network) - Steven Pledger scored 15 points to lead four Sooners in double figures as Oklahoma coasted to an easy 85-51 triumph over the ULM Warhawks in non-conference action at the Lloyd Noble Center.
Oklahoma (1-0) had balance as Amath M'Baye and Andrew Fitzgerald scored 12 points each and Je'lon Hornbeak added 10 points and five assists. M'Baye also grabbed a team-high nine rebounds. Isaiah Cousins and Sam Grooms both dished out five assists as the Sooners picked up a victory in their season opener.
Amos Olatayo scored a game-high 21 points and pulled down eight rebounds to lead ULM (0-1) in the contest. Jayon James dealt out four assists, but the Warhawks struggled offensively and converted only 34.5 percent of their field goal attempts in the loss.
The Sooners used a 17-2 run to build a 27-13 lead in the opening half. Oklahoma went into the intermission with a 38-22 advantage after it shot 41.7 percent from the field and a percent 4-of-4 at the foul line in the opening 20 minutes. The Warhawks fell behind after going 0-for-8 from three-point range in the first half.
The second half was not much different as the Sooners improved to 53.1 percent shooting from the floor and led by as many as 36 points after the break.
Oklahoma held a 49-30 edge in the rebounding battle and outscored the Warhawks, 42-26, in the paint.