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January 13, 2013

Bedlam win could be springboard for Sooners

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NORMAN —

So Steven Pledger came down and hit a 3-pointer. Bang. Then Brown answered with two free throws to make it a three-point game. Then Pledger was fouled trying to hit another 3-pointer and hit all his free throws.

Bang. Bang. Bang.

Never again was OSU within a basket.

Yes, there was more.

There was Hield, who looks like the first Sooner freshman to graduate beyond rookie status, making big play after big play: turning nothing into something with a nifty alley-oop dish to Romero Osby to beat the first-half buzzer, a baseline drive to open the second half the way the first one ended and a falling-down, hand-in-face 3-pointer that followed Pledger’s three free throws that kept the good times rolling.

Then M’Baye made certain the Pokes were done, making a six-point game a nine-point game with a 3-pointer that put OU up 66-57 with 5:36 remaining, followed by a layup on a dish from Sam Grooms, followed by an alley-oop slam that made it 70-57 with 4 minutes to play, also assisted by Grooms.

M’Baye was asked about his personal seven-point run, but he disagreed with the premise.

“That seven-point stretch wasn’t mine, it was the team’s,” he said. “I thought the team did a great job.”

It’s just want you want to hear from one of the newcomers who’s taken a previous starter’s spot, and M’Baye is one of three starters in that boat. Because you want a humble team and a team that gets along well and the Sooners seem to have that going for them, too.

They’ve got Texas Tech at home next, and only a big letdown should rob them from victory there. Then they’re at Kansas State, OU won’t be favored but it’s winnable. Then Texas back home and the Longhorns are a mess.

It seems like the start of something. And like the fans might even be getting back on board, too.

Saturday was a good day for Sooner basketball.

Clay HorningFollow me @clayhorningcfhorning@normantranscript.com

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