After trailing by as many as 14 points in each half, including 47-33 early in the second, the Cowboys made a run to pull within two at 52-50 during Saturday's Bedlam basketball game in Norman.
But OU's Steven Pledger fired in a 3-pointer, one of five the Sooners made in the second half and part of an 8-for-13 performance overall as OU won 77-68.
“I felt like we were in a good position right there,” OSU guard Markel Brown said. “But OU made plays. They played harder. And they did what they needed to do to win.”
The Cowboys had no answer from the arc, missing all nine 3-point attempts in the second half, after going 6-for-12 in the first 20 minutes.
“We had our opportunities,” said Cowboys coach Travis Ford. “When we cut it back, were down two or down three, we had our opportunities.”
M'BAYE HAS SUCCESS FROM THE ARC
The Sooners’ 3-pointers caught the Cowboys off guard — especially one from Amath M’Baye. Hidden on the right side of the arc, the junior made his first three of the season during a seven-point scoring run.“He made a big one,” Ford said. “Huge one.”
FORTE ON FIRE EARLY
When the Cowboys were hitting from the perimeter in the first half, Phil Forte provided a spark off the bench, making 3-of-5 from 3-point range as he scored 10 points in the period with Marcus Smart saddled with foul trouble.
Forte's points were big in keeping the Cowboys within striking distance.
“I thought he played well,” Ford said. “We needed his shots to go in. He's a guy we count on to make shots.
“When we can drive and kick and get him a shot, I think it gives you a lot psychologically as well, when you see that ball going through the air and it's going in.”
Forte and the Cowboys cooled from the perimeter in the second half. He missed all five 3-point tries over the final 20 minutes, while OSU was 0-for-9.
OSBY FALLS ONE SHORT OF RECORD
OU's Romero Osby had made 36 straight free throws before missing one late in Saturday's game.
With the miss, Osby fell one short of tying the OU record of 37 consecutive free throws made, set by Nate Carter during the 2006-07 season.
Osby finished the game 5 of 6 at the line. The Sooners went 19 of 21.
COBBINS READY FOR MORE
After the Bedlam loss, the Cowboys get a week off between games before returning to Gallagher-Iba Arena to face Texas Tech on Saturday.
A long time to reflect?
“I think it'll just fuel the fire, actually,” said Cowboys forward Michael Cobbins. “We'll be ready to get back on the court and prove ourselves once again. I think if anything, it'll help us to let this be in our minds when we practice. Go hard and worry about our next victim.”
OSU guard Markel Brown: “We didn't play hard enough. That was it. They got 50-50 balls. They were in a higher gear than we were.”
It was OU's ninth straight Bedlam win at home. The Cowboys haven't won in Norman since 2004. ... OU finished with more fouls (21) and fewer blocks (1) than OSU (18 and 3 respectively.). ... The Sooners are 2-0 in Big 12 play for the first time since 2009. ... Oklahoma hosts Texas Tech at 7 p.m. Wednesday.