A day after his 23rd birthday and the end of OU's finals week, Amath M'Baye had little impact in the Sooners' 64-54 win over Texas A&M.
M'Baye played only 14 minutes, finishing with one steal and one blocked shot.
M'Baye looked more aggressive in the second half defensively but did not grab a single rebound. Besides that, the junior transfer from Wyoming missed three shots from the paint — all in the second half.
Freshman Isaiah Cousins was the only other OU starter not to score.
“Amath and Isaiah, they're going to be fine and bounce back,” senior Romero Osby said.
PLEDGER FOR THREE
Senior Steven Pledger ended the game with 10 points, including two 3-pointers. Pledger now has 198 career 3-pointers, tying him for fourth place on OU's career list with Tony Crocker.
Pledger, a senior forward, played only 21 minutes Saturday after drawing his second foul with 14:50 still remaining in the first half.
His 10 points also helped him move into 28th place on Oklahoma's all-time scoring list, passing Terry Stotts and Kevin Bookout. Pledger now has 1,113 points.
THE TEXAS A&M TURNERS
Texas A&M starters Ray Turner and Elston Turner gave Oklahoma the most trouble. They combined for 29 of Texas A&M's 54 points and 11 of its 35 rebounds.
Elston Turner also shot 4 of 6 from the arc.
The Turners, who aren't related, also provided a lot of the physicality in the Aggies' lineup.
“Texas A&M is known for being real physical,” Osby said. “They have big guys get real low, especially Ray Turner. He kind of sets the tone for the team.”
FAST BREAK POINTS
*Tied at 41, Oklahoma went on an 8-0 run on its way to taking a 14-point lead.
*The Sooners forced a season-high 19 turnovers, including 10 steals — also a season high.
*OU shot 38.9 percent from the field. That's the fourth win this year when OU was shooting below 40 percent.
*Oklahoma won its 17th All-College title in its last 20 appearances.