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Oklahoma basketball: San Diego State sends Sooners packing from NCAA Tournament

BY STEPHANIE KUZYDYM Published: March 22, 2013

/articleid/3770643/1/pictures/1990550">Photo - Oklahoma's Amath M'Baye (22) hugs San Diego State's JJ O'Brien (20) as Oklahoma's Romero Osby (24) walks away after a game between the University of Oklahoma and San Diego State in the second round of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Friday, March 22, 2013. San Diego State beat OU, 70-55. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma's Amath M'Baye (22) hugs San Diego State's JJ O'Brien (20) as Oklahoma's Romero Osby (24) walks away after a game between the University of Oklahoma and San Diego State in the second round of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Friday, March 22, 2013. San Diego State beat OU, 70-55. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

Just like in its past two games, Oklahoma went on a scoring drought in the second half.

San Diego State scored eight straight points before Osby could slow them with a 3-pointer. Thirty seconds later, San Diego answered back with a three. The Sooners missed seven straight shots until M'Baye scored a basket.

Last week against Iowa State, no Sooner made a basket with about eight minutes remaining. In the last nine-plus minutes against San Diego, Oklahoma scored just seven points.

The Sooners shot 37 percent in the second half and missed 16 of 21 3-point attempts.

Osby finished with 22 points. No other Sooner hit double digits in scoring.

Jamaal Franklin led San Diego State (23-10) with 21 points.

Pledger, who OU coach Lon Kruger said the Sooners needed making shots, was 1-of-8 and finished with three points. Shots that he had been making all season were no longer falling.

“It wasn't the way I wanted to go out,” Pledger said, his eyes red with tears.


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