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March 3, 2013

Sooners show no signs of hangover in rout against Cyclones

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NORMAN —

Osby scored 22 points while Sam Grooms pumped in 19 and Steven Pledger added 14. Andrew Fitzgerald added 10 to give all four of the Sooners’ suited-up seniors double-digit scoring performances on their senior day.

They were honored, along with injured senior Casey Arent and their families, in a pregame ceremony. What followed was a dominant performance.

OU never trailed and built a 40-28 halftime lead. Iowa State cut it to nine early in the second half, but OU answered with an 11-0 run.

With eight minutes to go, OU was in nearly the same spot it was in at Texas. It was up 17 instead of 22 points.

It was a topic of conversation as OU went to the bench for the under-eight-minutes TV timeout.

“It was definitely said. We’ve been here before,” Grooms said. “Let’s not act like we haven’t done this. Move forward and grow and mature as a team. I think that’s what we did today.”

The 8-1 run that pushed the Sooners’ lead to 78-54 with 4:21 left to play removed any doubt.

The Cyclones received 22 points from sixth man Tyrus McGee. The 6-foot-1 guard from Stringtown was 6 for 9 from 3-point range. Iowa State shot 43.1 percent, but never could stop the Sooners from getting to the basket or the foul line.

The Sooners shattered the program and Big 12 record by going 34 for 34 from the free-throw line. The mark actually tied the NCAA record.

However, it was a record no one really noticed until the game was over. The Sooners had tunnel vision on winning the game and little else. At least, that’s the way they played.

OU shot 44.2 percent (23 for 52) to continue a trend of playing well on the offensive end that dates all the way back to Iowa State game on Feb. 4. However, OU only had five turnovers on Saturday and 17 of their baskets came with an assist. Grooms led the way with six. Osby and Pledger both had three.

The pain of the Texas loss was gone by the time the clock ran out. The Sooners were already thinking about the future by then.

“Now we have this one and we need to get back to work,” Osby said.

John Shinn

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