Eagles start fast and roll to 89-62 win over Langston

Eric Randall dunks during Tuesday's win over Langston. Randall scored 16 points to lead the Eagles.
Eric Randall dunks during Tuesday's win over Langston. Randall scored 16 points to lead the Eagles.

OKLAHOMA CITY (Nov. 6, 2012) – Eric Randall scored 16 points to lead six Oklahoma Christian players in double figures and the Eagles rolled to an 89-62 win over Langston on Tuesday night in the Eagles’ Nest.

OC (2-0) never trailed in posting its second straight lopsided win to start the season. The Eagles sprinted to a 9-0 lead in the first three minutes and led by as many as 35 points in the second half over Langston (0-2).

The Eagles shot a respectable 47.3 percent from the field (26 of 55) and 26-of-29 from the free-throw line, including a 10-for-10 effort by Devan White, who scored 13 points. The Eagles outrebounded Langston 53-41 despite the Lions grabbing 23 offensive rebounds.

“We did a lot of really good things,” OC coach Dan Hays said. “We jumped out and played great early. We looked good offensively the whole time until they went to their hard, on-ball, pressure, trapping defense. We were moving too fast. … But it was a good win. Going into the game, would I have taken a 27-point win? You bet I would. No question about it.”

OC received contributions from up and down the lineup. Randall came off the bench to relieve center Will Reinke, who overcame foul trouble to score 10 points. Willie Harper shook off a tough first half to finish with 13 points. Brandon Troutman went 3-of-4 from 3-point range and scored 11 points and Nick Tate added 10 points.

“Eric Randall was terrific,” Hays said. “Willie Harper put his first second half behind him and played a great second half. I’m not sure last year he would have done that, because he’s learned. Nick Tate was very solid. Devan was solid. We’ve got enough guys that we can find someone who can play well.”

The Eagles built a 20-point lead by the 9:23 mark of the first half as Langston didn’t reach double digits on the scoreboard until almost 12½ minutes into the game.

OC led 42-24 at halftime and 50-26 with 17:28 left. The Lions scored the next eight points to pull within 50-34 with 14:51 left, but Harper hit a pair of 3-pointers in an 8-0 spurt that effectively ended Langston’s upset hopes.

Langston shot 26.8 percent from the field (22 of 82). Joey Atkinson led Langston with 14 points while Ed Brown added 12 points.

The Eagles will play their next six games away from home, starting with a game at USAO on Saturday night.