Following Oklahoma's 88-76 Bedlam victory Monday night, Oklahoma State's winless streak inside Lloyd Noble Center stretched to 10 games.
The Cowboys' last win in Norman came in 2004.
Overall, Oklahoma has won 12 of the last 18 Bedlam basketball meetings.
“Our conference record my freshman and sophomore year, we had three and five wins or something like that but still we find a way to beat these guys at home,” said senior OU forward Tyler Neal, who scored 15 points Monday. “It's very important. The proof's in the pudding. It just goes to show that it just means more.”
NBA WELL-REPRESENTED IN NORMAN
Fifteen NBA franchises were represented Monday night, when surefire lottery pick and OSU sophomore guard Marcus Smart scored 22 points, but connected on just six of his 18 field-goal attempts.
Atlanta Hawks general manager Danny Ferry, Charlotte Bobcats general manager Rich Cho and Miami Heat scout Tim Hardaway were among the NBA scouts in attendance.
Interestingly, Ferry watched from the media room as Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant hit the game-winning jumper to beat the Hawks 111-109 just a short drive up the road in the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
FORD: SMART ‘WILL BE OK'
Smart struggled for the second straight game Monday, following his frustrating outing in the Cowboys' win Saturday over West Virginia.
Smart got into foul trouble in the first half and scored only six points before the break.
“I think Marcus will be OK,” said OSU coach Travis Ford. “He came out and played well early. Got in his foul trouble and tried to do some things in the second half that were good.”
BENNETT, BENCH HELP SOONERS KEEP LEAD
It's not normally pretty when Ryan Spangler has to go to the bench with foul trouble.
But when Spangler sat down early in the first half against Bedlam after a dominant first 11 minutes, the Sooners didn't skip a beat.
Redshirt junior forward D.J. Bennett came in and played his best stretch of the season.
Just after entering the game, Bennett blocked a shot and pulled down the rebound and helped create a basket on the other end, then blocked another on the next possession and shortly after scored on a putback dunk.
He didn't get a block or a rebound on his third defensive possession but altered Brian Williams' shot, leading to a miss.
The Sooners outscored OSU 9-2 in Bennett's initial appearance and by six altogether with Bennett on the floor in the first half.
“When he's out there running the floor, he's one of the most athletic guys in the league,” Neal said. “With his length and kind of his feel for the game in there around the rim — being able to time his jumps to go block shots, we need that. There's going to be guys attacking the rim. We need somebody up there in the air to, if you're not blocking them, redirect them, alter the shots without fouling. His length gives you the opportunity to not foul and still affect the shots. We need that out of him.”
DEONDRE CLARK UPSET AFTER BROTHER FOULS OUT
Four-star Douglass defensive end prospect Deondre Clark was in the Lloyd Noble Center stands Monday night for Bedlam, watching his older brother, OSU freshman guard Stevie Clark, play against the Sooners.
Oklahoma fans chanted, “Sit down,” as Stevie Clark left the floor after fouling out with about 12 minutes remaining in the game, and Deondre Clark wasn't pleased.
“That's some BULL..Is this what SoonerNation is All About??? Good Game Bro!!!!” Deondre Clark tweeted.
Deondre Clark is verbally committed to LSU, but is also considering Oklahoma. He took an official visit to Norman earlier this month.
Stevie Clark finished Monday's game with just two points and one rebound.
FORTE KEEPS COWBOYS IN GAME LATE
With Oklahoma leading by 14 points and threatening to run away with Bedlam, OSU sophomore guard Phil Forte stole the ball from Buddy Hield and connected on a 3-pointer with 11:15 remaining.
It was the first of Forte's three second-half 3-point makes that helped keep the Cowboys in the game.
All told, Forte scored 20 points on 7-of-9 shooting, including a perfect 6-for-6 from beyond the arc.
“I don't really care about how I played individually,” Forte said. “I would much rather go 1 for 50, or whatever I did against West Virginia and win.
“That's all I care about is winning. And I'll do whatever I can to help our team win.”
SOONERS GET LOTS MORE FREE-THROW OPPORTUNITIES
Oklahoma wasn't great from the free-throw line Monday night, but the Sooners still got nearly twice as many opportunities as Oklahoma State.
The Sooners shot just 71.4 percent from the foul line, a dip from their 79-percent season percentage entering Monday's game. Oklahoma's 42 free-throw attempts — 28 of which came after halftime — were its second-most of the season.
Oklahoma State got to the foul line just 22 times Monday night, connecting on 15 of those attempts.
CLARK, HIELD HELD IN CHECK
Oklahoma's two leading scorers — guards Cameron Clark and Buddy Hield — combined to score only 18 points in the Sooners' win.
Clark and Hield entered the game averaging 17 and 16.7 points, respectively.
Hield finished Monday's game with 11 points on 4 of 12 shooting, and Clark scored 7, connecting on three of his seven field-goal attempts.
Hield, however, recorded game-highs with four assists and three steals, and has scored in double figures in 20 of Oklahoma's 21 games this season.
Ford, on the difference in the rivalry from two years ago when both programs were struggling:
“You saw two good teams out there tonight. One played well and one didn't. We've got a lot of respect for this Oklahoma team. And their fans rallied around them tonight. It was a great atmosphere to play in. … Both teams have a chance to do something special and move on and to good things and this league, and hopefully beyond.”
Oklahoma (17-4 overall, 6-2 Big 12) returns to action Saturday afternoon at No. 16 Iowa State (15-3, 3-3 Big 12). The Sooners won the first meeting with the Cyclones 87-82 in Norman earlier this month.
The Cowboys (16-4, 4-3 Big 12) also play Saturday, when they meet Baylor (13-6, 1-5 Big 12) for the first time this season.