NORMAN — The state of Oklahoma beat Oklahoma State on Monday night.
Three local products — Ryan Spangler, Jordan Woodard and Tyler Neal — came up big for Oklahoma as the No. 23-ranked Sooners pulled off an 88-76 upset of the No. 8 Cowboys in front of an estimated 11,002 at Lloyd Noble Center.
Shortly after the game, Spangler and Neal shared a smile and a word about how much this meant for the two players who grew up right down the road to beat their Bedlam rivals — Neal in his final game against the Cowboys at home and Spangler in his first.
“It’s the most fun basketball you can ever dream of,” Neal said.
Spangler, the sophomore forward from Tuttle who starred at Bridge Creek, dominated from the start when he wasn’t sitting with foul trouble.
He scored 15 and pulled down a career-high 17 rebounds. In his last six games, Spangler has four games with 14 or more rebounds.
Neal, the senior from Putnam City West, had 15 points off the bench, hitting five of the six shots he put up, including all three 3-pointers. It was Neal’s best scoring game since early in his sophomore season and his second-best overall.
Woodard, the freshman point guard from Edmond Memorial, made his hay in the second half. He helped the Sooners keep the margin they held for the final 34-plus minutes of the game.
He scored 17 of his game-high 18 points after the break and was quite the pest the entire way.
Woodard continually got into the lane and helped keep the Cowboys in foul trouble.
“He kind of went through a little slump there, and we knew he would come out of that,” Neal said. “He’s a gamer, obviously an in-state guy going up against Oklahoma State, he could play and he’s starting to knock down shots. He looks very confident, he’s got his handle right, he’s going by people and getting to the free-throw line, which is what we need him to do.”
The Sooners had been living right all night, making Marcus Smart a non-factor for much of the first half after he found foul trouble. But it was about two minutes into the second half when the Sooners started realizing just how good things were going for them.
With the shot-clock dwindling and Woodard at the top of the key with not much of a look, the heady freshman tried to lean into the Cowboys’ Markel Brown as he put up a double-pumped 3-point shot to try to draw the foul.
Woodard didn’t get the foul, but he hit the shot.
“Pretty much,” Woodard said when asked if that’s when he started rolling offensively. “I just kept finding spots, and my teammates kept finding me with the ball, and they just wanted me to shoot it when I was open. I just wanted to keep attacking. OSU was in foul trouble early in the game, and coach (Lon Kruger) wanted me to keep attacking to see if we can further that foul trouble so I could get to the free-throw line.
“That was my mission.”
Woodard, Spangler and Neal accomplished their missions by a long-shot against the Cowboys, putting the Sooners in sole possession of second place in the Big 12 and giving OU its third win over a top-12 opponent in its last six games.