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Oklahoma finishes nonconference play by beating Maryland-Eastern Shore

By Mike Baldwin, Staff Writer, Modified: January 3, 2011 at 11:54 pm •  Published: January 3, 2011
OU led by 15 points in the first half but Maryland Eastern Shore battled back to tie it 39-39 midway through the second half. The Sooners responded with an 18-2 run to rebuild the lead to 57-41.

“I'm not pleased with how we played, but I'm glad to get a win,” Capel said. “We did some good things in spurts.”

The Sooners (8-6) have won five of their last six, but they had problems pulling away from the Hawks (3-10).

“After playing those five straight games away from home (all losses), I'm pleased with some of the things we've done,” Capel said. “But we have a lot of work to do to get ready for a good A&M team, really every team in the league. We look forward to the challenge.”

Four OU players scored in double figures. Steven Pledger scored a game-high 19 points. Cameron Clark scored 14, highlighted by four dunks. Andrew Fitzgerald and Davis had 11 each.

The Sooners shot 58.1 percent, the second straight game they've shot well but committed 17 turnovers, 13 in the first half.

“We have gotten better as a team,” Davis said. “Individually, everyone has more confidence. We've done some good things leading up to Big 12 play.”

OU is 8-0 at home, a streak that will be challenged by A&M.

“We have to protect our home, play with urgency,” Capel said.