Sooners Down UT Arlington on Road, 63-59

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
NOVEMBER 16, 2012


(2-0, 0-0)
  1st 2nd F
 Oklahoma 38 25 63
 UT Arlington 28 31 59
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(1-1, 0-0)
 Stat Comparison OU UTA
 Points 63 59
 FG Made-Attempted 19-58 22-58
 FG Percentage 32.8 37.9
 3P Made/Attempted 5-18 3-18
 3P Percentage 27.8 16.7
 FT Made-Attempted 20-32 12-21
 FT Percentage 62.5 57.1
 Rebounds 48 38
 Turnovers 18 18
 Individual Leaders
 Stat  Oklahoma  UT Arlington
 Points  Hield - 17  Gruszecki - 15
 Rebounds  Osby - 10  Reves - 10
 Assists  Three with 2  White-Miller - 6
 Steals  Hornbeak - 3  Charles - 2
 Blocks  Fitzgerald - 2  Two with 3
 Performance of the Game
Freshman G Buddy Hield
Recording a game-high 17 points, Hield was 6-of-10 from the field in his first collegiate road game. All 17 of the freshman's points came in the first half.

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 Up Next
When: Thurs., Nov. 22, 6 p.m.
Where: HP Field House
What's at Stake: The Sooners play UTEP in the first round of the eight-team Old Spice Classic tournament.

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Oklahoma forward Romero Osby figured Texas-Arlington fans would come out in bunches Friday night for the Mavericks' home opener against the Sooners.

But that thought didn't truly sink in until he and his teammates arrived at College Park Center amid the school's homecoming festivities.

"I knew it was probably going to be packed," Osby said. "But when I saw the parade outside, I said, 'Man, we're going to be in for it.'"

The Sooners nearly were in for an upset.

Buddy Hield scored 17 points and Osby grabbed 10 rebounds as Oklahoma escaped with a 63-59 win over Texas-Arlington.

Hield scored all 17 points in the first half, when the Sooners (2-0) put together a 24-3 run en route to a 38-28 halftime lead.

"Buddy was fantastic there in the first half," Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said. "He came in when we were down eight or 10 and scored about every way you can."

The Sooners extended their lead to 17 points with 15:13 left in the game, but the Mavericks (1-1) rallied to tie the game at 57-all on a Jordan Reves jumper with 2:46 left.

Steven Pledger made a 3-pointer on the Sooners' next possession to retake the lead, and Oklahoma hit 3 of 4 free throws in the final 23 seconds to seal the win.

"When (Pledger) caught it, I saw he kind of put his head down a little bit so I tried to get in rebounding position, because I knew it was going up," said Osby, who also scored 10 points. "But when it went in, that's something you kind of expect from him to make big shots."

Karol Gruszecki led Texas-Arlington with 15 points and Kevin Butler had 14. Reves had 10 rebounds for the Mavericks.

"I was proud of our guys," Texas-Arlington coach Scott Cross said. "I don't have that sick feeling in my heart, because I felt like they battled 40 minutes."

The Mavericks outscored Oklahoma 28-16 the last 15 minutes of the game.

"For our guys to continue fighting and diving on the floor and having the opportunity to be able to win the game down the stretch, I think that speaks a lot to the type of character these guys have," Cross said. "For that, I'm grateful and proud."

Kruger said the Sooners can also take something from the experience. "We didn't handle (the lead) very well," Kruger said. "We didn't handle the pressure very well. That's one of those things you can't really simulate in practice, but we'll learn a lot from it and guys will have this feeling to learn from."

Friday night was Oklahoma's first road test of the year, and it came in front of a record crowd of 6,421.

"From a learning standpoint, probably as good of an opportunity as you're going to get," Kruger said.

Oklahoma started the game 1 for 12 shooting. Kruger said the Sooners didn't respond well to the Texas-Arlington pressure, which helped the Mavericks jump out to a 12-3 lead.

"We didn't dribble it very well, we didn't pass it very well," Kruger said. "It caused a lot of troubles when you have trouble doing both."

Hield, who came off the bench, ignited the Sooners' offense.

"He's an emotional player who really gets into it," Kruger said. "He'll give us a lot of good stretches during the year."

Oklahoma returns to the court Thursday at the Old Spice Classic in Orlando, Fla. The Sooners face UTEP at 6 p.m. on ESPN2 in their first-round game.



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