It was a close game between the Oklahoma Sooners and Texas A&M Aggies Saturday in the All-College Classic. In fact, with 12 minutes to go, the outcome was still up in the air, the score knotted at 41 apiece.
However, sparked by an 8-0 run, the Sooners quickly gained momentum, outscoring the Aggies 23-13 from that point and ultimately winning by a score of 64-54 to improve to 7-2 on the year.
Romero Osby was again stellar, scoring 19 points on a perfect 9-9 from the stripe to lead all scorers, while also pulling down seven boards to go along with two blocks. From a consistency standpoint, he has been the Sooners best player this season.
Perhaps the player who had the biggest game however, wasn’t even in the starting lineup. Cameron Clark, in a newfound role of playing as a 4 instead of a wing, came off the bench to score a season-high 17 points on 8-12 shooting in 26 minutes of action. He was a matchup nightmare, too quick for the post players, yet to athletic and big for the guards. He seemed virtually un-guardable. In addition Clark pulled down four rebounds and played some stellar defense, and for his efforts, is the Sooner Player of the Game.
Clark wasn’t the only Sooner to provide a spark off the bench though. Freshman Buddy Hield gave some solid minutes, scoring 12 points in 31 minutes.
Though all these players had outstanding offensive performances, offense wasn’t what won the game for the Sooners. Oklahoma shot just 39% from the floor today despite the offensive showcase from the trio mentioned above, and an even more dismal 25% from three. Oklahoma had three of their starters go the length of the game without a field goal. Amath M’Baye, Isaiah Cousins, and Jelon Hornbeak were a combined 0-13.
Instead, it was efficiency on the defense end, and free throw shooting that were staples in the Sooner victory.
Oklahoma missed just once on their freebies today, impressively going 18-19 (95%) from the line on the afternoon.
Defensively, the Sooners forced 19 Aggie turnovers, outscoring them 20-9 in points off turnovers, and also held them to 40% from the floor. They also held them scoreless for a period of four minutes straight in the second half and held them to just 13 points in the game’s final 12 minutes. Steven Pledger, typically more of an offensive threat, came away with three steals to lead the way for Oklahoma. The team as a whole swiped 10 steals.
Add in the fact that the Sooners committed only 11 turnovers themselves, and it was a recipe for a win.
Next up the Sooners will be back at home as they prepare to take on the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks on December 18th. Tip-off is set for 7 PM CST.
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