Dec. 20, 2007
Oklahoma committed a season low five turnovers against a Gonzaga squad that entered the contest forcing 15.6 per game. The Sooners have turned the ball over just 13 times in their last two contests.
Oklahoma outrebounded the `Zags 38 to 29 tonight. The Bulldogs entered the game with a +6.7 advantage on the boards, averaging 39.8 per game.
OU improved to 51-12 (.810) in the All-College Classic including 14 of the last 15.
Oklahoma scored 70+ points for the eighth time in 11 games this season. OU recorded 70 or more points in just ten games last season.
The win was OU's first over a top-25 opponent since defeating No. 17 Oklahoma State 67-60 on Feb. 7 last season.
Tonight's meeting marked the first between the two schools.
Tony Crocker ended a 6:52 first-half scoreless streak with a layup at the 3:08 mark. Crocker followed up the bucket with a steal and subsequent layup as the Sooners scored four points in 13 seconds, more than they had scored the previous 7:43.
Crocker finished the night with 15 points on 6-of-14 shooting (.428). He was 3-of-5 from 3-point distance marking the fourth time in five games the sophomore guard has recorded at least three treys.
Blake Griffin, the All-College Classic MVP, finished with 15 points and a career-high 14 rebounds. It was the fourth double-double on the year for the freshman and the first since the Morehead State win on November 21.
Longar Longar poured in a team-high 16 points on 6-of-12 (.500) shooting, marking the fourth straight game the senior center has scored at least 16 points.
After combining for 48 first-half points (24-24), the two squads netted 48 points within the first 11:02 of the second half.
OU shot 65.4 percent in the second half (17-of-26) after netting just 9-of-35 (.257) first-half field goals. The Sooners finished the game shooting .426 (26-of-61). Oklahoma was 5-of-8 (.625) from behind the arc after the half.
Gonzaga guard Jeremy Pargo had a career-high 28 points on 11-of-18 shooting. Pargo is the younger brother of New Orleans Hornets guard Jannero Pargo who played last year's home games in the Ford Center while the Hornets were stationed in Oklahoma City.
Tonight's attendance was 13,135.