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Oklahoma basketball: Sooners tie NCAA mark with perfect free throw performance in win

Romero Osby had 22 points and nine rebounds and Oklahoma tied the NCAA record for free throws without a miss in an 86-69 victory over Iowa State on Saturday.
BY STEPHANIE KUZYDYM, Staff Writer, skuzydym@opubco.com Modified: March 2, 2013 at 8:23 pm •  Published: March 2, 2013

/articleid/3760781/1/pictures/1967717">Photo - Oklahoma's Romero Osby (24) and Iowa State Cyclone's Tyrus McGee (25) tangle as the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) men play the Iowa State Cyclones in NCAA, college basketball at Lloyd Noble Center on Saturday, March 2, 2013  in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma's Romero Osby (24) and Iowa State Cyclone's Tyrus McGee (25) tangle as the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) men play the Iowa State Cyclones in NCAA, college basketball at Lloyd Noble Center on Saturday, March 2, 2013 in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

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.”


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