The Norman Transcript


March 24, 2013

Aztecs were better by half

PHILADELPHIA — The second half was once again unkind to Oklahoma in Friday night’s 70-55 loss to San Diego State at Wells Fargo Arena. The Sooners led 33-31 at halftime, but were outscored 39-22 after the intermission.

Over the final 11 games this season, OU held the halftime lead in 10 of them. The season-ending loss became the fourth in that stretch where OU lost despite winning the first half, joining the Feb. 16 loss at Oklahoma State, the Feb. 27 loss at Texas and the loss to Iowa State in the Big 12 tournament.

In those four games, the Sooners were outscored by an average of 16.5 points in the second half.

Pledger finished second: Senior guard Steven Pledger battled foul trouble and played just 22 minutes Friday night. He was 1 for 6 from 3-point range but still finished with 249 3-pointers over his four-year career. That leaves him second on OU’s all-time list behind Terry Evans (259).

Over the final three games, Pledger was just 2 for 16 from 3-point range. He shot 37.8 percent (42 for 111) during Big 12 Conference play.

Spark from Cousins: Freshman guard Isaiah Cousins played 22 solid minutes Friday. The six points he scored were his highest total since getting seven against Kansas on Feb. 9. Cousins’ five rebounds matched a season high and were the most by an OU player against the Aztecs other than Romero Osby, who finished with eight.

In the plus/minus category, which counts how many points the team scored and allowed when a player was on the court, Cousins was at zero — every other player was in the negative category.

Tourney records: Friday’s loss dropped the Sooners to 36-27 all-time in the NCAA tournament. This was the program’s 27th appearance.

OU coach Lon Kruger, who became the first coach to guide five different programs to the NCAA tournament this year, fell to 14-14 in the tournament and to 8-6 in the opening round. Kruger had won five of his last seven opening-round games prior to Friday.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • NASCAR Brickyard 400 Auto Racing Jeff Gordon wins at Indianapolis for record fifth time

    INDIANAPOLIS — With a tinge of gray hair at his temples, his hat on backward and his two young children by his side, Jeff Gordon celebrated as if he was 23 years old again. Gordon won a NASCAR-record fifth Brickyard 400 on Sunday, eight ...

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Zac Selmon joins UNC as associate AD

    Zac Selmon, an associate director of athletic development with the Sooner Club since 2012, has been hired by North Carolina as an associate athletic director and special assistant to Tar Heel athletics director Bubba Cunningham....

    July 28, 2014

  • Italy’s Nibali cruises to Tour victory

    PARIS — Vincenzo Nibali put his lungs and legs to work one last time, marching up to the winner’s podium of the Tour de France and sighing deeply before the Italian anthem echoed over the Champs-Elysees....

    July 28, 2014

  • Bradford facing another year of scrutiny in newest season

    ST. LOUIS — It’s become a rite of training camp for Sam Bradford. Every summer, he deals with the oversized burden of living up to getting picked first overall in 2010. The St. Louis Rams quarterback is not surprised that once again, he’s ...

    July 29, 2014

  • Tang making a splash on state level

    The Sooner Swim Club has produced a long string of great athletes in Norman. Norman North has won back-to-back state championships and senior Justin Wu owns several state records and last week qualified for the U.S. National swim meet. The ...

    July 29, 2014

  • Judge rules against owner Donald Sterling, but lengthy saga far from over

    LOS ANGELES — Embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling lost his attempt to block the $2 billion sale of the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer....

    July 29, 2014

  • Big 12 could fill NCAA’s vacuum; make the discipline calls, too

    It doesn’t look good for Joe Mixon.  Though his attorney, Kevin Finlay, said the most ballyhooed prospect of the Sooners’ most recent recruiting class “instinctually defended himself against further harm,” it just doesn’t ...

    July 29, 2014

  • T-Wolves land guard Mo Williams

    MINNEAPOLIS — Mo Williams is on his way to Minnesota, which means J.J. Barea could be on his way out....

    July 29, 2014

  • LSU freshmen face misdemeanors

    BATON ROUGE, La. — Two LSU freshmen football players face charges, one for allegedly stealing a bicycle outside Middleton Library and the other for allegedly tossing firecrackers into a campus apartment....

    July 29, 2014

  • Fitzgerald says players’ push for union brought Northwestern together

    CHICAGO — No matter how this season unfolds, Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald insisted there is no more unified team than his Wildcats. For that, he credits the push for them to unionize....

    July 29, 2014