NORMAN, Okla. -- Nineteenth-ranked Oklahoma took advantage of a five-minute scoring drought by Coppin State in the second half to break open a close game en route to 97-70 victory last night.
Coppin State, which played Oklahoma to a 43-43 halftime tie, took its last lead, 47-45, in the opening minute of the second half on a basket by Keith Carmichael. The Sooners then scored 14 unanswered points over the next five minutes to take a 59-47 advantage.
Damon Patterson had 27 points and 12 rebounds to lead Oklahoma.
Tariq Saunders scored 19 to pace the Eagles, who led by as many as three in the first half.