Senior forward Brady Manek scored 29 points as the Oklahoma Sooners opened their season by routing the UTSA Roadrunners 105-66 Thursday night in Norman, Okla.
Manek hit 9 of 15 from the field and 8 of 11 from beyond the arc for the Sooners, who hit 17 from long distance.
The Roadrunners fell to 1-2 on the season with an early flight out of Oklahoma scheduled Friday morning. UTSA will fly home to play Division III Sul Ross State Friday at 6 p.m.
Senior guard Jhivvan Jackson led the Roadrunners with 28 points.
The game started with some promise for the Roadrunners, who scored seven straight points to seize a 7-6 lead.
Undeterred, the Sooners answered with 19 straight to go up 25-7. The Sooners kicked the lead up to 51-28 at intermission and kept pouring it on in the second half.
For the game, Oklahoma hit 34 of 68 for 50 percent from the floor. They also produced 50 percent shooting from three, nailing 17 of 34.
The Roadrunners, who have dropped two straight, hit 23 of 67 for 34.3 percent from the floor. They were also held to 8 of 30 from three for 26.7 percent.
Turnovers (18) were a major problem for the Roadrunners, especially in the first half when they were charged with 13 to kick-start Oklahoma’s high-flying offense.
Sul Ross State (1-2) at UTSA (1-2), Friday, 6 p.m.
The 39-point margin of defeat ranks as the widest in Henson’s five seasons as head coach of the Roadrunners. UTSA lost by 38 in a Conference USA game against Old Dominion (100-62) on Feb. 15, 2018 and by 37 in non-conference against Texas Tech (87-50) on Dec. 7, 2016.
In addition, UTSA fell to 0-10 against teams from the five major, revenue-producing conferences in Henson’s tenure with the Roadrunners.
UTSA has now lost 22 in a row against teams from conferences that include the Big 12, the Big Ten, the Pac-12, the ACC and the SEC. The Roadrunners’ last win against a power conference team came 11 years ago, in November of 2009, at Iowa.
“They bombed in a lot of threes but that wasn’t really the story of the game. Our lack of fight was concerning.” — UTSA coach Steve Henson said on the team’s radio broadcast.