OU 81, Mount St. Mary's 57
Jan. 7, 2008
Tonight's victory marked OU's fifth straight win, its longest streak under second-year coach Jeff Capel. OU has not won six straight games since the 2004-05 season.
The Sooners recorded their 12th non-conference victory on the year, tied for the most since the 1994-95 season (13).
OU limited the Mountaineers to opponent season lows in both free throw attempts (seven) and free throw makes (three).
Oklahoma was outrebounded for the second consecutive game (33-32), marking the first time this season that back-to-back opponents have recorded more boards than the Sooners. OU is 3-2 in games when being outboarded.
OU was 25-of-47 (.532) from the field and is now shooting .479 (394-of-822) from the field on the season. The last Sooner squad to shoot a higher percentage for an entire season was the 1988-89 squad (.491).
Oklahoma surpassed the 70-point mark for the 10th time this season (nine times all of last year). OU entered the contest averaging 74.1 points per game on the season.
The Sooners were 6-of-12 (.500) from 3-point range marking the fifth time this season they have shot 50 percent or better from behind the arc.
Oklahoma's 39 free throw attempts were its most since attempting 45 against Arkansas Pine-Bluff on Dec. 2, 2003.
OU has forced 41 turnovers in the last two contests (19 tonight).
Freshman Blake Griffin scored a career-high 26 points on 7-of-10 shooting (.700). The 6-10 forward has scored in double digits in eight straight games, averaging 15.8 ppg during the streak.
Griffin's 26 points and seven rebounds led the Sooners in both categories. For Griffin, it was the sixth and 10th time, respectively, to lead Oklahoma in the categories.
Griffin scored nine more points from the charity stripe than the Mount St. Mary's team. Griffin was 12-of-18 (.667) from the line while Mount St. Mary's was 3-of-7.
Griffin's 12 makes and 18 attempts from the stripe marked career highs - his 12 makes tied his previous season high in free throw attempts.
Griffin has gotten to the line 30 times in the last two contests - three more than the previous eight games combined.
Tony Neysmith recorded his most playing time since Nov. 9 and recorded his first made field goal on the year. The Norcross, Ga., native played 14 minutes and had two points, two steals, one assist and a rebound.
Tony Crocker finished with 10 points (all in the second half) on 3-of-6 shooting.
Oklahoma improved its series record against Mount St. Mary's to 3-0. All three victories have come inside the state of Oklahoma, with two wins at Lloyd Noble Center.