NORMAN — 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.
“It's a good step,” Kruger said about what the record means for the program. “This group, last spring, had an objective of making progress and making big strides. They've done that. It doesn't happen without their commitment and their investment. They've done that.
“It's still not over obviously but we said back in October, this is a process. We're not able to stop and be too satisfied until it's all over. We've got another couple weeks of that same speech.”
* Stringtown native Tyrus McGee led the Cyclones off the bench with 22 points.
* 13 of Oklahoma's 16 first-half field goals were assisted.
* After only 10 fouls were called in the first half, the second half was a foul-a-thon with 28 called.
* With the victory, Oklahoma moved into sole possession of fourth place in the Big 12.
Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg on the loss: “We didn't have it and again, a lot of that had to do with Oklahoma and what they did to us. ... It's really the first time all year that we just absolutely got it taken to us. We got our butts kicked. It's a terrible feeling, especially with the magnitude of this game.”
* Wednesday vs. West Virginia
* Saturday at TCU
* March 13-16 at Kansas City for Big 12 Tournament