Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Sooners Get Rare Bedlam Road Victory

Taj Gray was a no-show for Oklahoma on Wednesday night but luckily for the Sooners so was the Gallagher-Iba crowd. Unlike in losses at Villanova and Kansas the road crowd in Stillwater played no factor in the outcome of the game for OU. Of course in their defense it’s hard to have something to cheer about when your team makes only four baskets, yes 4, baskets in the first half.

Oklahoma State had the perfect scenario to pull off the upset of #20 Oklahoma. The Sooners had early foul trouble and their star player was a virtual non-factor. The problem for the Cowboys was making baskets - they just simply couldn’t do it. The OU defense frustrated the Cowboys into 40% shooting for the game and held OSU to just 17 first half points. OSU had a 10-plus minute field goal drought in the first half including seven minutes without a score of any kind.

With Gray struggling with fouls and finding a way to get his head in the game freshman Taylor Griffin stepped in to score 10 points while Kevin Bookout added 13. Guards Michael Neal and Terrell Everett scored a combined 35 points including a game high 23 from Everett who shot 70% from the field and continues his rise to becoming the heart and soul of this team.

Guard David Godbold scored 9 points and could have had the biggest shot of the game just before the half. Oklahoma State had cut a 10 point Sooner lead to four when Godbold hit a three to push the lead back to 7. Everett would make it a 9 point Sooner lead going into the half with a left-handed shot that finally bounced into the rim as the buzzer went off.

This is the first Bedlam road win in six years for the Sooners. Up next for OU are the Baylor Bears. In their previous meeting in Waco OU won going away 82-52.

My Player of the Game
Terrell Everett
7-10, 23 Pts
5 Rebs, 5 Assists