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OU’s weekly notes

by Mike Sherman Modified: April 18, 2013 at 4:41 pm •  Published: January 22, 2008

Straight from the source, here’s OU athletic notes for the week.

MEN’S BASKETBALL (13-5, 1-2)
Last Week: The Sooners split their two games, losing 85-55 at No. 3 Kansas on Monday before regrouping to beat Texas Tech 63-61 at home on Saturday. Longar Longar scored a team-high 21 points against Kansas and shared team-high honors with Taylor Griffin by netting 16 points versus Texas Tech. Against the Red Raiders, Longar added nine rebounds and three blocks while Griffin grabbed 12 rebounds for his first double-double of the year.


This Week: Oklahoma is off until its Saturday game at Baylor (3 p.m. CST on ESPN Plus). The Bears enter the week with a 15-2 overall record and a 3-0 Big 12 mark (tied for first place).

Notes: Longar’s 21 points at Kansas marked his second highest total of the year … Including Saturday’s performance against Texas Tech, Longar has scored in double figures in nine of the last 10 contests and has scored at least 16 points in eight of those games … Starting in place of his injured younger brother Blake (out multiple weeks with a knee sprain), Taylor Griffin’s 16 points and 12 rebounds against Texas Tech were both season highs … Tony Crocker was 3-for-4 from 3-point range on Saturday and has now made at least three treys in a contest seven times this year (he is shooting .493 on the season) … After getting outrebounded in three of its previous four games, OU outboarded Texas Tech by a 40-27 count (13-2 on offensive rebounds).



Last Week: No. 11 Oklahoma split a pair of home contests, defeating Nebraska, 80-72, Wednesday, Jan. 16, and falling to No. 6 Baylor, 84-73, Sunday, Jan. 20.

This Week: The Sooners host Texas Tech Wednesday, Jan. 23, and No. 17 Georgia Sunday, Jan. 27.

Notes: Sunday’s game versus Baylor was “Cheer Like a Champion” Day with an attendance of 11,859, the fifth-largest Lloyd Noble Center crowd for an Oklahoma women’s basketball game … Courtney Paris achieved a milestone with her 75th consecutive double-double against Nebraska and extended the number to 76 versus Baylor … Saturday, Jan. 26, and Sunday, Jan. 27, is alumni weekend for OU women’s basketball with most of the team’s all-time letterwinners returning to Norman for the Georgia game … Jan. 27 is also Sooner Kids Club Day at the Lloyd Noble Center and the team’s latest scholarship endowments will be recognized.



Last Week: OU defeated No. 19 UT-Chattanooga in Norman last Friday to win its seventh straight match of the season by a 21-13 final tally. The Sooners won six of the 10 matches on their way to upsetting their second straight top-20 opponent.

Oklahoma’s seven-match winning streak came to a halt last Sunday, losing to No. 13 Wisconsin at the ESPNU Wrestling Invitational in Oklahoma City. The top-20 matchup was decided in the final bout, but Oklahoma (11-2) was unable to take advantage, losing 18-15 to the Badgers.

This Week: The Sooners return to Big 12 competition when they host No. 8 Iowa State this Friday, Jan. 25 at the Howard McCasland Field House in Norman. The dual is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. and admission is free to the public. Doors will open one hour prior to the start of the match.

Notes: Senior Joshua Weitzel (19-0) is the lone Sooner undefeated on the season … Joel Flaggert, now 17-1, was upset by No. 6 Dallas Herbst of Wisconsin last weekend to give him his lone defeat of the season … OU’s 11 wins this season ties the overall win record of last season when the Sooners finished 11-7 … Headed into last Sunday, Oklahoma had two wrestlers that were ranked but unable to compete due to injury. Senior Max Dean (No. 20) and sophomore Brian Shelton (No. 13) missed the weekend’s competition.

Promotions: The first 500 fans arriving at the match Friday versus the Cyclones will receive a free OU wrestling T-shirt. Fans also can enjoy 50-cent hot dogs while supplies last. The marketing department has also declared the evening “Oklahoma high school” night.



Last Week: The third-ranked Oklahoma men’s gymnastics team claimed its second straight victory over No. 10 Nebraska and Air Force Sunday at the Bob Devaney Center in Lincoln, Neb. The Sooners scored a 349.700 to beat the second place Huskers (341.400). Air Force finished third with a 323.650. OU’s Steven Legendre added to the stellar start to his freshman season, scoring an 87.650 to take his second consecutive all-around title. Junior Kyle McNamara, runner-up in the all-around to Legendre at last week’s Rocky Mountain Open, also finished second on Sunday with an 83.750 total.

This Week: The Sooners open their home schedule on Saturday, Jan. 26, against sixth-ranked Michigan. The meet is slated for a 7 p.m. start at the Howard McCasland Field House. Tickets can be purchased by calling the OU Ticket Office at (405) 325-2424 or (800) 456-GoOU.

Notes: In addition to his all-around crown, Legendre was once again champion on the floor exercise, scoring a 15.450. The Port Jefferson, N.Y., native also finished third on the parallel bars (14.600) and high bar (14.900) and was fourth on the pommel horse with a 13.700 … Also claiming event titles for the Sooners were junior Jason Laughton and freshman Bobby Shortle. Shortle, a walk-on, was the vault champion with a team season-best 15.900, while Laughton tied Nebraska’s Kyle Shanahan (15.000) for first place on the high bar … As a team, OU improved on its scores from last week on every event besides rings and placed first on floor (59.500), pommel horse (54.950), vault (62.550), p-bars (57.950) and high bar (58.950).

Promotions: Saturday night is “Cleveland Elementary Night” at the men’s gymnastics meet. Students from Norman’s Grover Cleveland Elementary School will be selected for various prizes throughout the meet. The Sooners will also be signing autographs in the Field House lobby following the competition.



Last Week: Sweeping all four event titles for the third consecutive meet, the No. 9 OU women’s gymnastics squad coasted to a 196.45-192.8 victory over Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas. Senior All-American Kiara Redmond-Sturms won her third all-around title of the season with a career high 39.65 as the Sooners posted season high’s on bars (49.2), floor (49.275) and final team score (196.450). OU’s team score was the third-highest mark by any squad in the NCAA this season while Redmond-Sturms’ all-around total marked the second highest in OU women’s gymnastics history.

This Week: The Sooners close out a four-meet road trip to start the 2008 season in Morgantown, W. Va., against the Mountaineers of West Virginia. The Sooners have already defeated WVU once this season, besting the Mountaineers 195.175-192.125 to win the second session of the season-opening Cancun Classic. The meet also features squads from George Washington University and William & Mary.

Notes: Oklahoma hosts Nebraska in its home opener at the Lloyd Noble Center on Feb. 1. The meet also features the men’s squads from both schools and will start at 7 p.m. (CST). Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased through the OU ticket office by calling (405) 325-2424 or (800) 456-GoOU.



Last Week: Latoya Greaves and Marcus Pugh both picked up titles as four of the five University of Oklahoma sprinters who competed at the Texas Tech Invitational finished in top five in their respective events. Greaves, who transferred to OU from Oklahoma Baptist, took the women’s title in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 7.86. In his first short sprint action of the season after winning the Big 12 60-meter title in 2007, Pugh took top honors in the 55-meter dash with a time of 6.27. Two Oklahoma men finished in the top five of the 55-meter hurdles finals as Sheldon Leith (7.44) finished third and freshman D’Andre Fisher (7.75) came in fifth.

This Week: OU returns to action Jan. 25-26 with a trip to Fayetteville, Ark., for the Razorback Invitational.



Last Week: The Sooners coasted to victory at the Shocker Invitational in Wichita, Kan., over the weekend. Oklahoma dropped only one Saturday match during the tournament and swept all seven singles and doubles matches on Sunday.

This Week: The Sooners host Fresno State next Friday, Jan. 25, at Willow Creek Country Club in Oklahoma City.

Notes: Junior Sergey Avdeyev defeated Nuno Jacinto, 6-1, 6-1. Freshman Ionut Beleleu defeated Oscar Beich, 1-6, 6-3, 6-3, for his first career singles victory. Freshman Alex Joitoiu defeated Xavier Riart-Ferrer, 6-2, 6-4, for his second-career singles victory. Freshman Vlad Marinescu defeated Daniel Tobar, 6-2, 5-7, 6-4, for his second straight sets victory in as many days. Senior Ryan Thomas continued his solid play as he disposed of Michael Hobson, 6-2, 6-4 … In doubles play, the Sooner duo of Thomas and Beleleu defeated the team of Beich and Riart-Ferrer, 8-4. Marinescu and Joitoiu defeated the Redbirds’ Hobson and Tobar 8-4.



This Week: The University of Oklahoma women’s tennis team will kick off spring competition Friday, January 25 in Milwaukee, Wis. when they enter a three-day, three-team set. The Sooners will face Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Ohio State and Marquette. It will be the first time in program history that OU has met both Marquette and Ohio State and only the second time the Sooners have seen Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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by Mike Sherman
Sports Editor
Mike Sherman is sports editor of The Oklahoman, where he has a combined 18 years of service during two stints as a writer and an editor. He covered high school sports for The Oklahoman from 1984-93. He also worked as a news writer for the...
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