Game Notes

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
FEBRUARY 16, 2013

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Oklahoma never trailed in the second half but lost 84-79 in overtime at No. 17/16 Oklahoma State. The Cowboys took the lead for the first time after halftime (78-77) with 1:37 left in the extra session.

The overtime game was the first of the year for the Sooners. The Cowboys improved to 3-0 in overtime contests this season.

After falling behind by 11 (19-8), OU ended the first half on a 27-8 run to lead 35-27 at intermission. The Sooners led by as many as 11 in the second half (45-34 with 17:30 remaining).

OU led by eight at halftime and shot .609 from the field in the second half, but OSU was 15-for-20 from the free throw line in the second 20 minutes while the Sooners were 7-for-11 to help force overtime.

Oklahoma outshot the Cowboys from the field .475 to .435 and posted a 41-36 rebounding advantage.

Only 14 turnovers were committed in the game. OU's nine turnovers were its second fewest of the year (had seven Monday vs. TCU), while OSU's five were a season low by three.

OU senior Sam Grooms came off the bench to score a career-high 18 points on 9-for-11 field goal shooting and handed out four assists in a season-high 35 minutes. His previous scoring high this season was seven points on two occasions.

Senior Romero Osby finished with 18 points and an OU-season-high 15 rebounds for his third double-double of the year (first since the third game of the season). He scored 10 points over the final 6:21 of regulation.

Senior Steven Pledger started the game 1-for-6 from the field then made his next six attempts. He finished the game with 18 points (tied for his second most of the season) and two assists in 42 minutes. Pledger passed Blake Griffin on OU's all-time scoring list and now ranks 18th with 1,283 points.

Freshman Je'lon Hornbeak started in place of injured Buddy Hield and registered 10 points with the help of a career-high-tying three 3-pointers on six attempts. He played 31 minutes and did not commit a turnover.

OU made two more field goals than OSU but was outscored by nine at the free throw line. OSU was 24-for-33 at the stripe (.727) while the Sooners were 15-for-21 (.714).

The Sooners play again on Wednesday at Texas Tech. The game will tip at 6 p.m. and be televised by ESPNU.



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