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OU basketball notebook: Sooners' seniors shine on Senior Day

BY STEPHANIE KUZYDYM, Staff Writer, skuzydym@opubco.com Published: March 2, 2013

The Oklahoma seniors shined Saturday on their special day.

Romero Osby, Steven Pledger, Sam Grooms and Andrew Fitzgerald, four of the five active seniors in the Sooners program, all scored in double digits as their families and close friends watched.

The five seniors were recognized before their 86-69 victory over the Cyclones. They stood at center court as they were given a framed jersey and took photos with Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger.

Osby led the Sooners with 22 points. Combined, the four seniors went 18-of-36 from the floor, including 5-of-11 from beyond the arc and a perfect 24-of-24 from the free throw line.

As Kruger substituted the seniors out with under a 1:30 left in the game, they each were given a standing ovation.

“Thought their ability to bounce back and play like they did today is a tribute the leadership of the older guys especially,” Kruger said. “Guys moved the ball well, as they've been doing. Again, to beat a good Iowa State ball club makes it even more important. Happy to be able to celebrate with the seniors on their day.”

A WINNING CONFERENCE RECORD

For the first time in three seasons, Oklahoma will finish with a winning record in conference play.

Even if Oklahoma suffers two straight losses in their final games of the regular season, they will still finish above .500 in Big 12 play.

Currently, OU is 10-6. Their last winning league record was after the 2008-2009 season when they went 13-3 when former star Blake Griffin took Oklahoma to the Elite Eight.

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