|Oklahoma Team Notes|
Oklahoma shot .708 from the field in the second half (17-for-24) to outscore Ohio 45-34 after halftime in a 74-63 win at Lloyd Noble Center. The Sooners improved to 8-3 while Ohio fell to 8-5.
Tonight's game marked the first this year that three OU players scored at least 15 points. Steven Pledger scored a game-high 18 (14 after halftime) while Amath M'Baye and Romero Osby netted 16 each.
Pledger's 18 points were a season high. The senior was 1-for-8 from the field in the first half but went 6-for-8 in the second. He scored nine straight points between the 13:41 and 11:22 marks of the second half on 4-for-4 shooting. Pledger made two 3-pointers on the night to move into sole possession of fourth place on OU's career list (200 makes).
M'Baye's point total was his second highest of the season, and he added a team-high-tying 6 rebounds. The junior, who had totaled 3 points and 4 rebounds over the last two games, was 6-for-8 from the field tonight and logged a season-high 3 steals.
Six of Osby's points came at the free throw line on 6 attempts. The senior has made his last 19 free throw tries.
Freshman guard Buddy Hield made his first career start and finished with 5 points and career highs of 7 assists and 4 steals while committing 1 turnover in 34 minutes. The 4 steals were the most by a Sooner this season.
Oklahoma was held to a .303 field goal mark in the first half (10-for-33) before erupting for its second-half efficiency. The Sooners finished the game with a .474 mark (tied for second best of year) while Ohio shot .472.
OU was 0-for-8 from 3-point range in the first half and 3-for-4 in the second.
The Sooners owned a 22-10 advantage in points off turnovers. OU forced 18 turnovers while committing just 11. Its first turnover didn't occur until 7:38 remained in the first half.
After giving up 17 offensive rebounds and 16 second-chance points to Stephen F. Austin last game, OU surrendered just 5 offensive boards and 2 second-chance points tonight. The Sooners had 10 offensive rebounds and 10 second-chance points this evening.
OU's bench was outscored for just the second time this season (23-14 tonight). Cameron Clark supplied 8 points in a reserve role while Andrew Fitzgerald scored 4 and Sam Grooms 2.
The Sooners are back in action Monday afternoon at 2 p.m. when they host Texas A&M Corpus-Christi at McCasland Field House. The "Field House Series" game will mark the first regular season contest inside the building since the regular season finale in 1975.