Feb. 2, 2008
Ahead 29-23 at halftime and 51-50 with 3:20 left in the game, Oklahoma was outscored 10-1 down the stretch in a 60-52 loss at No. 23 Texas A&M. The defeat snapped OU's three-game winning streak and dropped the Sooners to 15-6 overall and 3-3 in the Big 12.
OU lost despite holding Texas A&M to .354 field goal shooting. The Aggies countered their effort from the field with a 23-for-30 (.767) performance at the free throw line. The Sooners were 8-for-13 (.615) at the foul line. A&M attempted 20 free throws in the second half to OU's four.
The Sooners were whistled for 23 personal fouls, a season high.
Texas A&M's 23 first-half points were its fewest in its 16 home games this year. Its previous low was 30.
David Godbold scored a career-high 20 points with the help of a career-high six 3-point makes (on 10 attempts). He added five rebounds, two blocks and two steals. Godbold's previous career high of 20 points came last year against Texas A&M in Norman (he made five treys in that contest).
Godbold is now averaging 11.3 points and 5.8 rebounds in Big 12 play while shooting .400 from long range (14-for-35).
The Aggies held Blake Griffin to only five field goal attempts (he made two). The freshman forward finished with six points, a team-high eight rebounds, two assists and three blocks in 38 minutes. Griffin entered the game with 40-minute averages of 25.7 points and 14.8 rebounds in Big 12 play (ranked third and first in the league, respectively).
Griffin had scored in double figures in 11 straight games (not including the Jan. 14 Kansas contest when he played just five minutes before leaving with an injured knee).
Either Blake Griffin (seven times) or Taylor Griffin (four times) has led OU in rebounding in each of the last 11 games.
Oklahoma held Texas A&M's guards to 6-for-22 (.273) field goal shooting on the day (1-for-10 in the first half). Josh Carter, who was averaging a team-high 13.7 points and had scored in double figures in 15 straight outings, was held to six points on 2-for-9 shooting.
The Sooners tied a season high with seven blocked shots. They have registered seven rejections in three of the last four games (they had six in the other game).
For the second year in a row, the Aggies handed the Sooners their first loss when leading at halftime. OU was 11-0 this season when ahead at intermission.
OU's eight 3-pointers (on 18 attempts) were its most in a regulation game since Dec. 15 when it was 11-for-25 in a victory over Arkansas (OU also made eight treys in the double-overtime win at West Virginia on Dec. 29).
Entering the game with a +9.3 average rebounding margin, Texas A&M outboarded the Sooners 35-28 (12-5 on the offensive glass). The Aggies scored 12 second-chance points to OU's five.
Oklahoma returns home Wednesday for a 6 p.m. CST home game against No. 10 Texas (17-5, 4-2).