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OU men beat South Carolina State 83-48

By Mike Baldwin, Staff Writer, Published: December 21, 2011
NORMAN — Romero Osby's goal every game is to produce a double-double.

Osby almost got there by halftime on Wednesday.

Recording his fourth double-double of the season, Osby scored 10 points and grabbed 18 rebounds to lead Oklahoma to an 83-48 win over South Carolina State in front of 5,043 fans at Lloyd Noble Center.

It's the fifth time this season Osby has grabbed 10 or more rebounds. The Mississippi State transfer, who sat out last season, is averaging 8.8.

Osby once had 18 rebounds in high school, so Wednesday's monster game literally tied his career high.

“It just seemed like one of those days where they were all coming to me,” Osby said. “I don't try to force anything offensively. I know rebounding is my No. 1 job on this team.”

Rebounding was supposed to be OU's weakness but has been a strength the first six weeks of the season. The Sooners are outrebounding opponents by 10.8 a game to rank in the top 10 nationally in rebounding margin.

The most remarkable stat is OU is averaging more than 17 offensive rebounds a game, easily tops in the conference.

Against S.C. State the Sooners grabbed 26 offensive boards, which led to 22 second-chance points.

“We're smaller, we're a little slower and we're not as athletic,” said S.C. State coach Tim Carter. “We were just outmanned totally. I kind of knew what was going to happen tonight, but I didn't think it was going to be this bad.”

The day Kruger first met the players back in April, he preached rebounding would be the key. Players listened.

Against S.C. State the Sooners (9-1) grabbed 63 rebounds, the most by an OU team in the Big 12 era the past 17 years.

“That's a big number of boards,” Kruger said.

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