James' ca­reer-high 29 leads OU past Texas RGV

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ED­IN­BURG, Texas (AP) — Chris­tian James scored a ca­reer-high 29 points to help Ok­la­homa de­feat Texas Rio Grande Val­ley 91-76 on Fri­day night.

“I just think it was the shootaround this morn­ing,” James said. “Got some good food in me, got a good lunch. Just prepa­ra­tion for the game. Just try­ing to fo­cus and lock in on ev­ery play.”

Aaron Cal­ixte scored 15 points and Brady Manek had 12 points and 12 re­bounds for the Soon­ers in their sea­son opener.

Les­ley Varner Jr. led Rio Grande Val­ley (1-1) with 16 points.

OU only outscored Rio Grande Val­ley by three points in the sec­ond half. It was what Kruger ex­pected against Rio Grande coach Lew Hill, a for­mer OU as­sis­tant.

“Tough bat­tle,” Kruger said. “Re­ally like coach Hill's club, the things they're do­ing.”

As­sists: Bie­niemy 4, Cal­ixte 3, Manek 2, Doolit­tle 1, McNeace 1, James 1, Odomes 1, Reynolds 1, Free­man 1, Kuath 1. Blocks: Manek 2, Doolit­tle 1, James 1, Odomes 1, Free­man 1, Kuath 1. Turnovers: Manek 4, Cal­ixte 3, Reynolds 2, Doolit­tle 2, McNeace 1, James 1, Odomes 1, Free­man 1. Steals: James 2, Doolit­tle 1, Manek 1, McNeace 1, Cal­ixte 1, Odomes 1, Bie­niemy 1.

As­sists: Levi 6, Winn 5, Bowie 2, Hainna 1, Varner 1, Smith 1. Blocks: Crnogo­rac 2, Varner 1. Turnovers: Bowie 5, Levi 3, Smith 3, Jack­son 2, Winn 2. Steals: Levi 4, Winn 2, Hainna 1, Varner 1, Bowie 1, Fon­taine 1.

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