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Bedlam basketball: OU hangs on to beat Cowboys, 77-64

Romero Osby has 16 points and 13 rebounds to help Sooners avoid falling below .500 for the first time this season.
BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, Published: February 22, 2012

NORMAN — Oklahoma appeared it would rout Bedlam basketball rival Oklahoma State to end a six-game losing streak Wednesday night at Lloyd Noble Center.

The Sooners romped to a 77-64 win to end the slide but not before Keiton Page and the Cowboys made a run to momentarily make it interesting midway through the second half.

Led by a double-double from Romero Osby (16 points, 13 rebounds) and 17 points from Steven Pledger, the Sooners avoided falling below .500 for the first time all season. OU improved to 14-13 overall, 4-11 in league play.

OSU (13-15 overall, 6-9 in league play) was led by Page's game-high 29 points, 26 coming in the second half.

Coming off a 40-point outing, Page posted his first career double-digit outing at Lloyd Noble Center. But it took him awhile to heat up. Page finished 9-of-21 from the field, including nine 3-pointers but was 1-of-8 the first half.

OU dominated the first half to lead 30-12 at halftime. OSU shot 17 percent the first half with more than twice as many turnovers (nine) as made baskets (four). Page and Le'Bryan Nash were a combined 2-of-15 from the field.

Wednesday's box score: OU 77, Oklahoma State 64

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