OU Wins 85-59 Behind Pledger's Hot Hand

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By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
NOVEMBER 06, 2011

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  1st 2nd F
 Washburn 27 32 59
 Oklahoma 42 43 85
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 Stat Comparison OU WU
 Points 85 59
 FG Made-Attempted 27-57 18-57
 FG Percentage .474 .316
 3P Made/Attempted 8-16 3-19
 3P Percentage .500 .158
 FT Made-Attempted 23-31 20-28
 FT Percentage .742 .714
 Rebounds 49 29
 Turnovers 24 20
 Individual Leaders
 Stat  Oklahoma  Washburn
 Points  Pledger (24)  McNeil (23)
 Rebounds  3 Players (6)  2 Players (4)
 Assists  Blair (6)  3 Players (2)
 Steals  Pledger (3)  McNeil (4)
 Blocks  Pledger (2)  Chipman (3)
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NORMAN, Okla. -- Steven Pledger came off the bench to score 24 points and Oklahoma outrebounded NCAA Division II Washburn by 20 in an 85-59 exhibition win Sunday afternoon at Lloyd Noble Center.

Pledger, who was 5-for-7 from 3-point range and 7-for-9 from the free throw line, added six rebounds and three steals in only 21 minutes.  He scored 15 of his points in 10 second-half minutes when he was 3-for-3 from behind the arc.

"I thought his (shot) selection was great," said OU head coach Lon Kruger of Pledger. "Every one he put up I thought was going in. He's a guy that I think will consistently shoot it well on the year. For a club to have a guy that can do that night after night after night is really important."

Similar to Tuesday's exhibition versus Northeastern State, OU took control early against a Washburn squad that earlier in the week lost at UNLV by eight and was tied with five minutes left.  The Sooners bolted to a 33-10 lead Sunday by capitalizing on a bevy of Washburn turnovers.  Oklahoma forced eight turnovers by that point while committing only 10.

Washburn turned the tables late in the half and early in the second, forcing the Sooners into several offensive miscues of their own. OU's lead dwindled to 15 at halftime, 42-27, and to 13 early in the second half before the Sooners recovered with a 23-6 run to go ahead 65-35.

The Ichabods scored the game's final seven points after OU took a 33-point lead, its largest of the game, with 1:30 remaining.

Juniors Andrew Fitzgerald and Romero Osby contributed 14 and 13 points, respectively, for OU, with Fitzgerald going 5-for-8 from the field and Osby 6-for-8. Sophomore Cameron Clark also reached double figures with 11 points.

Junior center Casey Arent came up big on the glass by grabbing a game-high 10 rebounds, five of them offensive.  The Sooners outboarded the Ichabods by a 49-29 margin.

"Just the idea of getting more bodies in there, more guys around the boards, is good," said Kruger of his team's rebounding. "We've got to have the mindset of having all five guys on the floor being aggressive to the boards, and we'll do that."

Washburn was led by junior guard William McNeill, who went 10-for-12 from the foul line and scored 23 points.  He was the only Ichabod in double digits.

The teams combined for 44 turnovers on the afternoon, 24 of them by OU. Kruger said the game will serve as a learning experience before his team opens the season Friday at home.

"We'll go to practice and on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday we'll make a lot of progress. And we have to do that," he said. "We can't be from game to game; it's got to be each day in practice getting a little bit better. We'll have a good opportunity to do that the next three days in practice getting ready for Idaho State."

The Sooners will tip off against the Bengals at 7 p.m. CT.



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