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January 22, 2013

Shinn at 3: Shooting percentage, energy pushed Sooners over Texas

NORMAN — Oklahoma didn’t play a perfect game in Monday’s night 73-67 victory over Texas. It committed too many turnovers and it was outrebounded for the first time in eight games.

However, Oklahoma shot 48.1 percent (25-for-52) from the field. It was the highest shooting percentage allowed by Texas this season. The Longhorns lead the nation in field-goal percentage defense at 34.5 percent this season.

Energy was the way OU overcame the non-shooting issues. It outscored Texas 10-4 in fast-break points, which turned out to be the difference in the game.

“It was a little bit of trouble to get going, I thought it seemed. I thought Texas played really hard and very physical early with us,” OU coach Lon Kruger said. “It took a little while to get through that. The guys did a terrific job of creating the energy in the second half and were really aggressive on both ends of the floor.”

Those extra six points were all alley-oop dunks that forward Amath M’Baye finished as a part of a 15-point night. Having an athletic post player who will run the court is something few other teams in the Big 12 can match. When add in Romero Osby, who also had a fast-break dunk Monday, the Sooners have an element they can exploit.

“It’s great for us because it really stretches the defense and makes their big guys run and it stretches their guards until their big guys can get down there,” Kruger said. “In Ro and Amath we have two of the most agile big guys you’re going to find in terms of running the floor in the this day and age.”

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