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Bedlam basketball: Local trio helps Sooners sink Cowboys

Ryan Spangler of Bridge Creek, Jordan Woodard of Edmond Memorial and Tyler Neal of Putnam City West combine efforts to help OU upset No. 8-ranked OSU in Lloyd Noble Center.
by Ryan Aber Published: January 27, 2014

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.