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February 17, 2013

It takes overtime for Pokes to clip Sooners in Stillwater

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STILLWATER —

After Marcus Smart’s miss at the buzzer, overtime ensued.

“We were still in high spirits. We still had an opportunity to win the game. We weren’t down because we had been up for most of the game and we had to go to overtime. Usually that’s the case with teams, but we tried to stay together and keep our head, stay poised,” Osby said. “We knew we’d have an opportunity to win once we got it to overtime.”

But the Sooners never heated up in the extra period.

Steven Pledger scored 18 points as well, but didn’t score in the final 11 minutes of regulation or overtime.

Marcus Smart turned out to be the unstoppable force. The Cowboys’ freshman point guard scored 28 points, including the game’s last two points on a pair of free throws with 17 seconds left. Those came after he forced a jump-ball turnover from Pledger seconds earlier.

“I knew at the time that he needed a 3 and I knew once he got the ball he would try to take it. I just timed it perfectly, made sure I got the ball, not foul him and the referee called it a jump ball,” Smart said. “He’s a good player and he could have easily pump-faked me and tried to get a foul but it was just instinct and I left my feet when he did and timed it perfectly.”

Smart was the factor from the first Bedlam meeting on Jan. 12 in Norman that drastically changed. He picked up three first-half fouls in the first meeting and only played 27 minutes. Saturday, he was on the floor for 40 and added seven rebounds and four assists.

But Smart wasn’t alone.

OSU shot 43.5 percent (27 for 62). Le’Bryan Nash also drastically upped his game from the first meeting, finishing with 26 points Saturday.

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