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March 23, 2013

Aztecs end Sooners’ season after shooting woes follow team into tourney

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PHILADELPHIA —

Pledger didn’t (1 for 8). Forward Amath M’Baye finished with eight points and four rebounds, but was 4 for 10. Hornbeak and Hield were both 2 for 5

That quartet played the bulk of OU’s minutes and we’re a combined 10 for 31.

Osby was 9 for 15, but the Sooners needed more than one offensive threat to scare the Aztecs (23-10).

They advance to face 15th-seeded Florida Gulf Coast, which stunned second-seeded Georgetown because it was able to get some 3-pointers to fall.

San Diego State’s Jamaal Franklin scored 21 points and was 2 for 3 from 3-point range. James Rahon came off the bench to added 17. He was 2 for 4 from beyond the arc.

“San Diego State has terrific guards and you know they’re going to come out here and shoot,” M’Baye said. “We’ve just got to do a better job at it, I guess. They were shooting, it was falling. It was our fault. There’s nothing you can say about it.”

The defining stretch came midway in the second half. OU led by as many as nine points in the first half and were up 33-31 at halftime.

With 10:41 to go, the game was tied.

San Diego State closed it out with a 20-7 run. The Aztecs had five different players score during that final stretch.

The Sooners got five from Osby and a dunk from M’Baye with 85 seconds left.

“Well, when you get beat, you’re not doing enough. I thought obviously Ro did — battled it,” Kruger said. “Statistically other guys didn’t shoot the ball as well as we need to beat good basketball teams.”

John Shinn

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