Team Effort Leads to 77-64 Bedlam Win

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By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
FEBRUARY 22, 2012

(14-13, 4-11)
  1st 2nd F
 Oklahoma State 12 52 64
 Oklahoma 30 47 77
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 Stat Comparison OU OSU
 Points 77 64
 FG Made-Attempted 29-62


 FG Percentage .468 .367
 3P Made/Attempted 5-11 13-31
 3P Percentage .455 .419
 FT Made-Attempted 7-14 14-21
 FT Percentage .667 .500
 Rebounds 47 32
 Turnovers 12 12
 Individual Leaders
 Stat  Oklahoma  Okla. State
 Points  Pledger (17)  Page (29)
 Rebounds  Osby (13)  Cobbins (8)
 Assists  Grooms (6)  3 Players (3)
 Steals  Washington (2)  Page (2)
 Blocks  3 Players (2)  Cobbins (2)
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NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- It took less than eight minutes for Oklahoma to almost completely blow an 18-point halftime lead, but the Sooners made sure a stellar first-half defensive effort didn't go to waste.
Steven Pledger scored 17 points, Romero Osby added 16 points and 13 rebounds and Oklahoma snapped a six-game losing streak by beating Bedlam rival Oklahoma State 77-64 on Wednesday night.
Oklahoma (14-13, 4-11 Big 12) extended its home winning streak against Oklahoma State (13-15, 6-9) to eight games, but first had to hold off a furious rally by the Cowboys.
Oklahoma led 30-12 at halftime after Oklahoma State set a school record for fewest points in a half against a Big 12 foe. But the Cowboys pulled within 42-39 with 13:03 left and missed two chances to tie before Oklahoma answered with a 9-0 run.
The Cowboys came no closer than nine points after that.
The Sooners "were fortunate to get a chance to get back on the offensive end and get a bucket as well," Osby said. "It felt good to kind of get out of that situation."
Fueling the Cowboys' rally was Keiton Page, who led Oklahoma State with 29 points, going 9 of 17 from 3-point range. His nine 3-pointers were the second-most in a single game in Oklahoma State history, trailing only Randy Rutherford's 11 against Kansas on March 5, 1995.
But the Cowboys dug themselves too deep of a hole, Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford said.
"You couldn't get any more passive than we were in the first half," Ford said.
At 42-39, "we were back in it," Ford said. "It took a lot to get back there, though, and when you're fighting back that hard, scoring as many points as we did quickly, and we were playing a little bit better, then we missed two 3s to tie it, that doesn't hurt you as bad as them scoring when we did it. That's what made your shoulders slump a little bit."
In the first half, the Cowboys shot 4 of 24 (16.7 percent) from the field, had nine turnovers and made fewer baskets than did Oklahoma's Cameron Clark, who was 5 of 6 in the half.
"Our intensity was low in the first half," Page said. "They were playing really good defense and took us out of our quick-hitters, our sets. They were denying entry passes and shots just weren't falling for us."
Oklahoma State's previous record for fewest points scored in a half against a Big 12 opponent was 16, set against Oklahoma on Jan. 12, 1999. The Cowboys just missed recording their lowest-ever point total in a half, as they barely passed their 11-point output in a December 1965 game against Oklahoma.
"I thought our guys did a really good job defensively in the first 20 (minutes)," Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said. "That margin, we needed most of it, because O-State made a nice run in the second half."
The Cowboys opened the second half on a 14-6 run and cut Oklahoma's lead to 36-26 on a 3-pointer by Markel Brown with 16:55 remaining. Oklahoma State's sixth 3-pointer of the half, by Page with 13:03 left, pulled the Cowboys within 42-39.
Page and Brian Williams both missed 3-point attempts for Oklahoma State before the Sooners rebuilt their lead to 51-39.
"It was good to see that," Kruger said. "We got a couple of stops and converted at the other end to take (the lead) back to seven or nine pretty quickly. That will be a good growing opportunity there."
After another 3-pointer by Page, the Sooners went on a 14-5 run and built their lead to 18 points at 65-47 on two free throws by C.J. Washington with 5:25 left.
Page was 1 of 8 shooting, including 1 of 5 from 3-point range in the first half but finished 9 of 21 from the field. His 17 3-point attempts also were the second-most in school history, behind Rutherford's 19 in the 1995 Kansas game.
Ford didn't have much to say about Page's outing - "He's pretty good," the coach said - but Pledger came away impressed.
"When he gets going, it's hard to try to stop him," Pledger said. "He's tough to guard because he never stops moving."
Page jumped into the top 10 on Oklahoma State's career scoring list and finished the game with 1,543 career points, putting him eighth all-time. But his streak of 35 straight made free throws - the fourth-longest in school history - ended when he missed his first attempt Wednesday.
Osby's double-double was his seventh of the season, and he helped Oklahoma post a 47-32 edge in rebounding. Clark scored 14 points and Sam Grooms 10 for the Sooners.
Williams had 11 points and Le'Bryan Nash 10 for Oklahoma State, which shot 37 percent (22 of 60) for the game. Ford said Nash injured his arm early in the second half and was unable to raise his arm above his head after that.



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