March 7, 2009
• No. 4/5 Oklahoma improved to 27-4 (13-3 in the Big 12) with a 82-78 victory over Oklahoma State on Senior Day. With the victory, OU seniors Taylor Griffin and Austin Johnson improved to 7-1 over the Cowboys in the Bedlam Series (senior Omar Leary improved to 4-0). It was OU’s third sweep of the series in the last four years. OSU entered today’s contest as winners of its last six contests.
• The Sooners will be the No. 2 seed in next week’s Big 12 Championship. They will play Thursday at 6 p.m. versus OSU or Iowa State.
• OU moved to 125-89 all-time against Oklahoma State. The Sooners have won five straight meetings, seven of the last eight and eight of the last 10.
• Oklahoma improved to 16-1 at home this season and has won 20 of its last 21 (130 of last 145) at the Lloyd Noble Center.
• The Griffin brothers hit 18-of-25 (.720) shots from the field, combining for 48 points and 21 rebounds. Blake scored a team-high 33 on 12-of-15 (.800) shooting while pulling down a game-high 14 boards. Taylor added 15 points and seven rebounds while hitting 6-of-10 shots from the field.
• Blake’s 33 points and 14 rebounds resulted in his 25th double-double of the season. Already holding the program record for double-doubles in a campaign, Griffin is now just three shy of Michael Beasley’s Big 12 record of 28 last year.
• Griffin’s 14 boards pushed his season total to a Big 12-record 425 – surpassing KU’s Drew Gooden (423).
• Griffin’s 33 points marked his fourth career 30-point performance (all this year), tying the 6-11 sophomore for the most by an active Big 12 player.
• Johnson scored 11 points and added three blocks (one off of his career high) in his last game at the Lloyd Noble Center.
• Leary made his first start of the season and finished with six points, adding one rebound and an assist in 15 minutes. It was the first time the 5-11 guard had been in the starting five since Dec. 8, 2007 against Stephen F. Austin. Leary made eight starts a year ago, all coming in the first 10 games of the season.
• The Sooners took a 19-18 lead on a Taylor Griffin layup at the 9:26 mark of the first half and never trailed again in a contest that featured 10 lead changes and two ties in the first 11:34.
• Oklahoma outrebounded the Cowboys 38-29, including a 27-17 advantage on the defensive end. The Sooners outrebounded OSU 21-11 in the first half (17-8 on the defensive end).
• OU’s .574 percentage from the field (27-of-47) was its eighth time at .500 or better in the last 12 games. Oklahoma is shooting a Big 12-best .481 from the field.
• The Sooners made one more field goal than the Cowboys on nine fewer attempts in the first half. Oklahoma was .609 (14-of-23) from the field in the opening stanza, while OSU hit 13-of-32 attempts (.406).
• Willie Warren scored 11 points and added a team-high five assists in 32 minutes. Warren has dished out at least five assists in four of the last six contests.
• James Anderson scored a career-high 37 points (the most by a Cowboy this season) in the loss. Anderson’s scoring output matched former Cowboy Leroy Combs for the most points ever by an OSU player in the Bedlam series. Combs’ 37 points came in a victory on Feb. 24, 1981.
2009 OU Men's Basketball Tournament Bracket