Combined, the seniors drained 24 of their total 34 points at the charity stripe.
They could have used a few of those down the stretch in Austin. They went 19-of-27 from the charity stripe in a game where Saturday's perfection could have helped them to a Wednesday victory.
That 22-point blown lead at Texas was talked about quite a bit after Oklahoma’s victory Saturday.
Unlike those last seven minutes in Austin when Oklahoma couldn’t handle the press, they controlled it when they saw it from IowaState.
“I was expecting it from the top,” Grooms said of IowaState’s game plan. “If I were a coach, I would have after seeing how we played Wednesday, seeing how we responded to it.”
The contributions were high from every senior. Osby led with a team-high 22 points and nine rebounds. Pledger had 14 points and three assists and Fitzgerald had 10 points and three rebounds. Senior Casey Arent wasn’t able to contribute due to a knee injury.
The Cyclones were led by guard Tyrus McGee with 22 points, but unlike their last meeting, the Cyclones’ attack from beyond the arc with 11 3-pointers was not enough to slow Oklahoma.
IowaState coach Fred Hoiberg commented on the Sooners success at the line: "The NCAA has been around a long time. It's a pretty impressive performance."
Both coaches agreed that free throws can become contagious. When one guy makes one, everybody wants to make their own. As for Osby, he was happy with the free throws and even happier with the victory.
“It was big because it was against a really good IowaState team that had thumped us up there,” Osby said about the win. “We couldn’t rest on our laurels and we couldn’t be frustrated by Wednesday.
“It was a great opportunity that we needed to take advantage of. Thank God we did.”