“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.”