Sooners Outlast UTEP, 68-61

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
NOVEMBER 22, 2012

 

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  1st 2nd F
 Oklahoma 38 30 68
 UTEP 26 35 61
 
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 Stat Comparison OU UTEP
 Points 68 61
 FG Made-Attempted 25-60 19-46
 FG Percentage 41.7 41.3
 3P Made/Attempted 6-18 4-10
 3P Percentage 33.3 40.0
 FT Made-Attempted 12-20 19-24
 FT Percentage 60.0 79.2
 Rebounds 38 32
 Turnovers 11 17
   
 
 Individual Leaders
 Stat  Oklahoma  UTEP
 Points  Osby 16  Washburn 12
 Rebounds  Osby 10  Three with 6
 Assists  Cousins 4
 Osby
 Cooper 4
 Streeter
 Steals  Cousins 2
 Hield
 Washburn 3
 Blocks  Osby 2  Washburn 2
   
 
 Performance of the Game
 
Senior Forward Romero Osby
Osby, who led the Sooners in scoring seven times as a junior, did so for the first time this season with a game-high 16 points. The veteran added a game-high 10 rebounds, a career-high-tying 4 assists and a pair of blocks.

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 Up Next
 
Who: No. 17 Gonzaga
When: Fri., Nov. 23, 6:30 p.m.
TV: ESPN2
Where: HP Field House
What's at Stake: The Sooners play Gonzaga for a right to advance to the Old Spice Classic Championship game.

2012 Old Spice Classic | Bracket
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) -- Romero Osby had 16 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high-tying 4 assists as Oklahoma nearly blew a 20-point lead in a 68-61 victory over Texas-El Paso in the opening round of the Old Spice Classic on Thursday night.

Steven Pledger added 12 points, including a key late 3-pointer, for Oklahoma (3-0).
 
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Texas-El Paso (1-2) got 12 points from Chris Washburn. Julian Washburn and Jacques Streeter both had 11.

Oklahoma went up 52-32 when Isaiah Cousins connected on a 3-pointer with 14:37 remaining. UTEP battled back, getting within 64-58 with just over three minutes to play on Streeter's 3-pointer and two free throws by Washburn.

C.J. Cooper connected on two more free throws that cut the deficit to 64-60 with 1:44 to play.

Pledger then made a long-range jumper with 63 seconds remaining to put Oklahoma up 67-60 and seal the win.

Osby had 10 first-half points, leading Oklahoma to a 38-26 halftime advantage. Pledger made a long-range jumper and Osby hit two free throws that extended the Oklahoma lead to 49-32 early in the second half. Osby had four points, including a dunk, as Oklahoma took a 13-0 lead four minutes into the game. The Sooners went 6 of 9 from the field during the stretch, while UTEP missed all four of its shots.

UTEP got its first basket, cutting the deficit to 15-2, on Cedrick Lang's layup with 14:48 left in the first half.

Je'lon Hornbeak's 3-pointer put the Sooners up 27-12 midway through the first.

The Miners pulled within 29-24 with six minutes left in the first half after Streeter hit a 3-pointer and then coverted a 3-point play.

Oklahoma advances to play 17th-ranked Gonzaga in Friday's semifinals at 6:30 p.m. CT. The game will be televised by ESPN2.

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