Game Notes

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
DECEMBER 31, 2012

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In the first game played at OU's McCasland Field House in 38 years, Oklahoma beat Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 72-42. It was OU's second-largest victory margin of the season (beat ULM by 34 in season opener).

The last regular season game at McCasland Field House was on March 5, 1975. In his last home game as a Sooner, Alvan Adams registered 43 points and 25 rebounds in an 84-79 win over Iowa State.

Twelve Sooners saw action today, and 11 played at least 10 minutes. Ten OU players scored, with six of them recording at least seven points. No Sooner played more than 23 minutes.

OU's 40-21 halftime lead was its largest of the season.

Senior guard Steven Pledger led OU in scoring for the second straight game, registering a game-high 17 points with the help of 5-for-10 3-point shooting in his 20 minutes. Pledger, who moved into 27th place on OU's career scoring list with 1,160 points, ranks fourth in school history with 205 treys (trails third-place Tim Heskett by 10 makes).

Named Big 12 Rookie of the Week this morning, junior forward Amath M'Baye finished with 14 points and a team-high-tying 6 rebounds in 21 minutes of play. He was 7-for-11 from the field to increase his season field goal mark to .505. M'Baye has led the team (or tied for the lead) in rebounding in eight of 12 games this year.

OU's leading scorer and rebounder entering the day, senior forward Romero Osby made his only field goal attempt of the game. He finished with 8 points with the help of 6-for-6 free throw shooting. Osby has made his last 25 free throws (school record is 37 consecutive makes by Nate Carter in 2006-07).

Senior forward Andrew Fitzgerald came off the bench to supply 9 points -- tied for his second largest output of the season -- in just 12 minutes. He was 4-for-4 from the field and is 21 points shy of becoming the 39th member of OU's 1,000-point club.

In his second career start, freshman guard Buddy Hield contributed 7 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists while committing just 1 turnover in 22 minutes.

Freshman guard Je'lon Hornbeak made his only field goal attempt (a 3-pointer) but tied a career high with 5 assists. He added 2 steals and just 1 turnover in a team-high 23 minutes.

Oklahoma forced 18 turnovers against a Texas A&M-Corpus Christi team that entered the game averaging 11.8 per contest. The Sooners posted an 11-3 advantage in points off turnovers and have outscored their opponents 198-131 in the category on the year. The Islanders finished with 3 assists.

OU held the Islanders to .293 field goal shooting, an opponent season low. A&M-Corpus Christi was 3-for-14 from behind the 3-point line (.214).

The Sooners' nine 3-pointers tied a season high (also made nine in season opener against ULM).

Oklahoma was near perfect at the free throw line, going 15-for-16. Its .938 mark was its second best of the year (went 18-for-19 vs. Texas A&M three games ago).

Oklahoma is off until Saturday when it opens Big 12 Conference play at West Virginia at 3 p.m. CT. The game will be televised by the Big 12 Network.



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