OU Boards Up Bulldogs, Wins 83-48

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University of Oklahoma
DECEMBER 21, 2011

(9-1, 0-0)
  1st 2nd F
 S.C. State 24 24 48
 Oklahoma 39 44 83
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(4-8, 0-0)
 Stat Comparison OU SCSU
 Points 83 48
 FG Made-Attempted 32-81 20-59
 FG Percentage .395 .339
 3P Made/Attempted 6-21 2-16
 3P Percentage .286 .125
 FT Made-Attempted 13-20 6-17
 FT Percentage .650 .353
 Rebounds 63 36
 Turnovers 8 15
 Individual Leaders
 Stat  Oklahoma  SCSU
 Points  Pledger (22)  Barber (12)
 Rebounds  Osby (18)  Sanders (8)
 Assists  Grooms (6)  Toombs (4)
 Steals  Osby (3)  Toombs (3)
 Blocks  Clark (2)  Sanders (4)
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NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- Just four days earlier, South Carolina State Coach Tim Carter thought his club did a decent job handling No. 15 Pittsburgh's defensive pressure in a 69-55 road loss.
Wednesday night against a surging Oklahoma squad, Carter's club ran into an even tougher test.
Oklahoma (9-1) forced 15 turnovers and harassed the Bulldogs on the perimeter and under the glass in an 83-48 rout. South Carolina State (4-8) shot 33 percent from the floor and was manhandled in the rebounding department 63-36, with Oklahoma's Romero Osby pulling down a career-high 18 rebounds.
"Pitt's defense is nothing as difficult as we played tonight," Carter said after the Bulldogs lost their sixth straight.
Leading by as many as 35 points, Oklahoma never allowed South Carolina State to find its rhythm. Steven Pledger's 22 points led the way for the Sooners in their best rebounding performance under first-year coach Lon Kruger.
Osby's night led the way for Oklahoma, which has outrebounded every club it has faced this year.
"Coach always tells me before every game to get every rebound, and that's what I decided to do," Osby said. "It was one of those days where it seemed like every one came to me."
Shaquil Barber came off the bench to lead the Bulldogs with 12 points. Omar Sanders added eight.
"In a nutshell, Lon has really got these guys playing," Carter said. "I've always respected him as a coach, but he's got them guarding as well as any OU team I've ever seen.
"I did a very poor job of convincing my guys how hard you had to cut to get open because they were denying all five spots on the floor. We couldn't do anything right."
Facing a South Carolina State zone, the Sooners had plenty of open looks outside but were unable to knock them down early. Oklahoma, which entered the week as the No. 5 team in the nation in 3-pointers, hit just 2 of 9 from behind the arc in the first half and 6 of 21 for the game.
However, the Sooners led 39-24 at the half.
"Defensively, we were pretty consistent from start to finish," Kruger said.



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