Pledger Keys 85-73 Win Over Santa Clara

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By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
NOVEMBER 26, 2011

(4-0, 0-0)
 
  1st 2nd F
 Santa Clara 19 54 73
 Oklahoma 42 43 85

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(4-2, 0-0)
 
 
 
 Stat Comparison OU SCU
 Points 85 73
 FG Made-Attempted 28-60 24-68
 FG Percentage .467 .353
 3P Made/Attempted 5-16 14-33
 3P Percentage .313 .424
 FT Made-Attempted 24-32 11-13
 FT Percentage .750 .846
 Rebounds 49 33
 Turnovers 11 9
 
 Individual Leaders
 Stat  Oklahoma  Santa Clara
 Points  Pledger (26)  Roquemore (27)
 Rebounds  Fitzgerald (13)  Harrison (8)
 Assists  Grooms (6)  Roquemore (10)
 Steals  Blair (1)  Foster (3)
 Blocks  Fitzgerald (2)  2 players (1)
 
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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Steven Pledger scored 26 points and Oklahoma fended off a late rally to beat Santa Clara 85-73 in Friday night's semifinals of the 76 Classic.

The Sooners (4-0) grabbed control with a 20-0 run that sandwiched both halves. They advanced to the championship game and will face Saint Louis on Sunday at 8 p.m. CT.

Andrew Fitzgerald had 12 points and a career-high-tying 13 rebounds for Oklahoma, and Sam Grooms added 12 points and and a team-high six assists while committing just one turnover.

Romero Osby fell one point shy of a double-double, finishing with nine points and a career-high-tying 10 rebounds.

Pledger finished 10-of-15 from the field and made four 3-pointers. His 26 points represented the second-highest total of his career.

Evan Roquemore made seven 3-pointers and finished with 27 points and 10 assists, while Kevin Foster had 19 for the Broncos (3-2), which made 11 3s in the second half to close the gap.

Pledger's layup started a string of 18 unanswered points to close the first half. Calvin Newell later stole the ball and made a reverse layup to beat the buzzer for a 42-19 halftime lead.

Foster broke Steve Nash's school record for career 3-pointers with his 264th late in the second half.

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