|Oklahoma Team Notes|
Oklahoma won its fourth straight game and improved to 11-3 overall (2-0 in Big 12 play) with a 77-68 home win over Oklahoma State. It was OU's ninth straight Bedlam win at home. OSU fell to 11-4 overall and 1-2 in league action.
The Sooners never trailed and the game was never tied. OU led by as many as 14 points (in each half) before OSU used a 17-5 run to make the score 52-50 with 9:34 remaining. The Sooners later used a 12-3 spurt to retake command, 70-57, with 4:00 to go.
OU's 77 points were the second most surrendered by OSU this season and the Sooners' .431 field goal mark was the fourth best allowed by the Cowboys.
Oklahoma improved to 129-94 all-time against Oklahoma State and to 81-26 in Norman. The Sooners have won 11 of the last 17 overall meetings and are 19-17 against OSU since the start of the Big 12 Conference.
Oklahoma shot .615 from 3-point range on the day, a season high. The Sooners, who entered the game shooting .310 from behind the arc, were 8-for-13 from long distance today. OSU was 6-for-12 from 3-point range in the first half and 0-for-9 in the second (shot .286 for the game).
OU shot .905 from the free throw line (19-for-21). It was the team's eighth straight performance of at least .700 and the third over .900 in the last six outings.
The Sooners are 2-0 in Big 12 play for the first time since 2009, when they started 11-0 behind eventual national player of the year Blake Griffin.
The home game was just the sixth of the year for OU. No other team in any of the six "power" conferences has played fewer.
OU held freshman Marcus Smart to 10 points, two rebounds and three assists in 27 minutes. Smart entered the game averaging 14.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.8 assists in 32.6 minutes a game. He was 3-for-10 from the field.
Oklahoma is back home again on Wednesday when it hosts Texas Tech at 7 p.m. CT.
|Oklahoma Individual Notes|
Senior F Romero Osby
Osby finished with a team-high 17 points on 6-for-12 field goal and 5-for-6 free throw shooting. The free throw miss came on his last attempt, snapping a streak of 36 straight makes. Osby finished one free throw shy of tying the school record for consecutive conversions (37 by Nate Carter in 2006-07). In three career games vs. OSU, Osby is averaging 17.0 points on .500 field goal shooting.
Freshman G Buddy Hield
Hield tallied 15 points (second highest career total), four rebounds and a team-high five assists against two turnovers in a team-high 37 minutes (most playing time by a Sooner this season). He made a career-high three 3-pointers on five attempts. Over the last six games, Hield is averaging 9.3 points and team highs of 5.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.5 steals. Over the last four games, he has 20 assists and six turnovers (3.3 ratio).
Junior F Amath M'Baye
M'Baye netted 15 points, his third highest total of the season, on 5-for-9 shooting. He made his first 3-point basket of the season (now 1-for-7) and converted all four of his free throw attempts. M'Baye scored seven straight points in the second half, pushing OU's 63-57 lead to 70-57 with 4:00 remaining.
Senior G Steven Pledger
With 11 points, Pledger scored in double figures for the seventh straight game. He made all five of his free throw attempts and jumped two spots on OU's all-time scoring list to the No. 25 spot with 1,183 points. He passed Brent Price (1,173) and Les Lane (1,180).