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Oklahoma basketball: Sooners edge Oral Roberts

Romero Osby's free throws with 2:58 remaining put Oklahoma ahead to stay, and the Sooners rallied to beat Oral Roberts 63-62 Wednesday night.
By Stephanie Kuzydym Published: November 28, 2012
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photo - Oral Roberts' D.J. Jackson, right, moves down court under pressure from Oklahoma's Isaiah Cousins, left, during a basketball game at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla. on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012. Photo by Matt Barnard, Tulsa World
Oral Roberts' D.J. Jackson, right, moves down court under pressure from Oklahoma's Isaiah Cousins, left, during a basketball game at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla. on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012. Photo by Matt Barnard, Tulsa World

But the Sooners have freshman Buddy Hield, and Hield is known for providing a spark. With OU down six with 10:28 remaining, the freshman hit Oklahoma's first 3-pointer of the night. Three minutes later, Hield picked off a pass from ORU center Damen Bell-Holter. Hield drove down the court and finished with a dunk and a loud yell toward a raucous Sooner bench.

“He didn't have a good run in the first half,” Kruger said. “Then in the second, he was a big lift. He knocked down a three, got a steal, found a runner in transition. Then Cam (Clark) came in and gave us a good lift defensively. They helped us keep making progress.”

After M'Baye scored back-to-back baskets, Hield provided a jumper with just under four minutes in the game to even the score. From there, Pledger hit Oklahoma's second and last 3-pointer of the night to put Oklahoma up again. Then Niles hit a 3-pointer.

The clock had 2:20 remaining when Niles tried to drive to the basket but instead drew an offensive charge.

Then, 25 seconds later, Niles tried for another shot, this time a 3-pointer that overshot the rim and fell into the hands of Pledger. The OU senior took it and hit a jumper.

M'Baye stole the ball on the next play. He passed the ball out to Osby, who drew a moving screen foul. From there, Oklahoma defended until Shawn Glover missed a jumper with 18.8 seconds left to seal OU's victory.

“I think this team has a great ability to show up in the clutch,” M'Baye said. “This is the second game in a row. Freshmen stepped up. Steve was struggling and he stepped up and hits that big three. This is something we need and experience we will need down the stretch.”