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Crocker leads hot-shooting Oklahoma past Coppin State

Jan 3, 2009 - 11:07 PM NORMAN, Oklahoma (Ticker) -- Tony Crocker scored 15 of his 20 points in the first half as fourth-ranked Oklahoma cruised to a 93-62 rout of Coppin State on Saturday.

After being knocked from the ranks of the unbeaten on Tuesday at Arkansas, the Sooners (13-1) had absolutely no trouble in this one, jumping to a double-digit lead less than six minutes into the contest and gradually increasing it the rest of the way.

"We definitely wanted to get off to a good start--play with a sense of urgency," Oklahoma coach Jeff Capel said. "I thought we did that today," said Capel, whose team opened with an 11-2 run and never trailed.

Crocker made four of the Sooners' seven 3-pointers in the first half, which ended with the home team holding a commanding 45-23 advantage.

"It was important for us to get going early. We knew that's always important," Crocker said. "When that first (3-pointer) goes down it's always a good sign. After our last game, it felt good to help get us going a little bit quicker."

Blake Griffin collected 14 points and 11 rebounds for Oklahoma, which faces another cupcake in Maryland Eastern Shore on Monday before opening up Big 12 play.

Brian Chesnut scored 16 points and Michael Harper 13 for the Eagles (2-11), who fell to 0-4 against ranked foes this season.

Crocker drilled a pair of shots from the arc along with a jumper in less than six minutes as the Sooners built an early 16-6 lead. His third 3-pointer of the half pushed the margin to 23-9.

The Sooners cruised the entire second half, leading by as many as 34 points.