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December 1, 2012

Northwestern State makes it tough for Oklahoma to escape with victory

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Those baskets included Je’lon Horbeak’s 3-pointer with 2:12 remaining that gave the Sooners a 64-63 lead. With 54 seconds to go, Amath M’Baye completed an alley-oop from Steve Pledger to lift the lead up to 66-63.

“The way it’s been going, every other game it seems like me or Je’lon hit a big 3 late,” Pledger said. “It’s just that one shot that seems to spark us and finish games off.”

Pledger and point guard Isaiah Cousins both had nine points. Andrew Fitzgerald and M’Baye finished with eight and Hornbeak tossed in seven.

The game was very similar to OU’s 63-62 victory at Oral Roberts on Wednesday. Pledger sank a 3 with less than 3 minutes to go that gave OU the lead.

The Sooners needed it. Once again, it was able to turn a sluggish game into a victory.

“We’re obviously searching right now to score points and we are not shooting for a very good percentage and not moving the ball very well, so we have to keep searching,” Kruger said. “It’s nice to win games while we are learning and while we’re searching, but we have to play better.”

John ShinnFollow me @john_shinnjshinn@normantranscript.com

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