For whatever reason, that seemed to ignite the Sooners. They went on a 15-4 run over the next 6 minutes. Steven Pledger nailed a 3-pointer from the wing to give OU its first lead since the opening minutes with 3:40 to go.
“I think this team has a great ability to show up in the clutch,” said OU forward Amath M’Baye, who led the team with 12 points and nine rebounds. “It’s the second game in a row where we were able to close it out in the end.”
The last time was Sunday against West Virginia. The Sooners played with the lead most of that game. It was different Wednesday.
The Golden Eagles (3-4) knew it.
“We had the game under control for about 35 minutes and let it slip away,” Niles said.
Oral Roberts’ last lead came on a jumper from Glover with 3:22 to go. Osby, who added 11 points, answered with a pair of free throws to give OU back the lead, and Pledger hit a jumper with 1:16 left to put OU up by three.
That was the Sooners’ last basket. They hung on for dear life in the final minute.
Roundtree had a chance to tie after hitting a layup and drawing a foul on Isaiah Cousins with 19 seconds left. Roundtree missed the free throw, but Glover got the rebound. The Golden Eagles had the shot to win it.
At crunch time, the Sooners made every play they had to.
“We’re fortunate to be able to learn a lot from this ballgame and still have it be in the right column,” Kruger said.
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