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Oklahoman Modified: February 22, 2009 at 12:08 am •  Published: February 22, 2009
Capel: "No moral victories”
Without their star Blake Griffin, out with a concussion, the Sooners showed some spunk, rallying from a 12-point deficit and nearly pulling out a rugged road victory before a rocking sold-out Erwin Center.

Still, OU coach Jeff Capel wasn’t in the mood for any celebrations of spirit.

Asked if his team proved something to itself with the inspired play without Griffin, Capel shrugged off the suggestion.

"We didn’t have anything to prove to ourselves,” Capel said. "We’ve played hard all year. It’s not Blake and the Sooners. It’s Oklahoma.

"We lost. We’re disappointed. There’s no moral victories in our program.”

Even Griffin’s brother, Taylor, shared the same sentiments.

"I mean, we’re a good team,” Taylor said. "Blake’s a very good player, but he’s not the only player on this team. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out tonight. I thought we battled for most of the game. But when it came down to it at the end, we gave up an offensive rebound and had some defensive letdowns.”

Prefer to defer
Without Griffin, freshman guard Willie Warren took charge, scoring a game-high 27 points and handing out six assists, filling a void as he’s done several times this season.