WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) -- With Oklahoma struggling and Purdue
charging, Sooners coach Kelvin Sampson had a simple answer.
"Every dead ball, we called a set for (Kevin) Bookout,"
Sampson said. "He was our first option on everything we did. I
told them I didn't want any shots unless they went inside-out."
Boy, did it work.
Bookout scored all 12 of his points in the second half to lead
Oklahoma to a 66-48 victory over Purdue Wednesday night.
"You would have thought he scored 30 points," Sampson said of
Bookout's impact. "He only scored 12."
The Sooners (5-1) won their third game in a row with tough
defense and timely offense.
Bookout was 0-for-4 in the first half, but hit two nifty baby
hook shots to answer a furious Purdue rally and hand the
Boilermakers (1-5) their fourth straight loss.
"In the first half, Kevin wasn't noticeable, but we were
hitting everything we threw up. You knew that wasn't going to
last," Sampson said.
The Sooners hit six of their first eight 3-pointers in the first
half, then lost the range as Purdue made a comeback.
Brandon McKnight led Purdue with 15 points. He hit two
3-pointers in a row to spark a 12-0 run midway through the second
The Sooners led 42-26 with just under 15 minutes to play before
going scoreless on seven straight possessions, including five
McKnight got things started, and David Teague capped it with a
3-pointer in the corner that brought the Boilermakers within 42-38
with 10 minutes to go.
But Bookout came right back with his hook shots, then tipped in
an Oklahoma miss and stole a Purdue entry pass that led to a dunk
to put the game out of reach.
"There's not a team we play that can take away his left
shoulder," Sampson said. "You weigh 265 pounds, and that's hard
to do, and he's got a great touch with that thing."
Bookout then capped the 15-3 run with a dunk that had Purdue
coach Gene Keady scowling and fans headed to the exit.
The Boilermakers were woeful on offense for most of the night,
shooting 37 percent from the field. As the Sooners started to pull
away in the second half, Teague didn't realize the shot clock was
winding down and threw up a wild air ball, drawing boos from the
"I don't blame the fans for being upset," Keady said. "I know
I am. They weren't ready to play."
In his 25th and final season on the Purdue sidelines, Keady's
team is off to its worst start since 1907-08. And he doesn't seem
to know why.
"It's very puzzling. What else do you have to do in your life
but get ready to play?" Keady said. "It's like a disease. One guy
gets it, another guy gets it, and it catches on."
Five Sooners scored in double figures as Oklahoma shot 55
percent, including Drew Lavender with 11 points and five assists.
"I thought that was one of the most pleasing things that's
happened to us in (non-conference) to this point," Sampson said.
Lavender started after missing the team's last game against
Coppin State because of suspension.
Lavender and Brandon Foust were suspended for violating curfew
when the team traveled to Alaska for the Great Alaska Shootout.
Lawrence McKenzie was suspended after trying to use a fake ID to
get into a bar in Alaska. He scored eight points in 17 minutes off
Carl Landry had 13 points and nine rebounds for Purdue.
"All I can say is we have to get ourselves ready to play,"
McKnight said. "I don't see the effort when we come out in
warm-ups. That's what we need. Not from six guys, from everybody."
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