Cade Davis and Steven Pledger played through foul trouble much of the second half.
“That was a big part of it,” said OSU guard Keiton Page, who made 11 of 12 free throws as part of his 18 points. “When we saw Cade was in foul trouble, Pledger was in foul trouble, (Carl) Blair was a little bit.
“We were in the bonus earlier than we have been. Coaches told us to be aggressive and try to go to the rim, don't take deep jump shots, and go to the line. It worked out well for us.”
After the Sooners took their 15-point lead, OSU rallied at the foul line and on drives to the basket. Down 42-39 at the half, 19 of the Cowboys' points came from free throws. They added 20 more in the second half.
“They were constantly knocking down free throws,” said OU's Davis, “and we were fouling and getting into foul trouble. It was tough to see the lead dwindle down.”
From the floor, the Cowboys shot just 43.1 percent. And they were worse from long distance, making but 1-of-14 from the 3-point line.
That one 3, however, was big: a dagger from Page that gave OSU its first lead, 51-39, a lead it never relinquished.
“Huge 3,” Ford said.
The main damage came from the line. Along with Page, Jéan-Paul Olukemi made 11 of 13 and Darrell Williams hit 8 of 10. Marshall Moses attempted just two foul shots, yet made both with :24.3 remaining to push OSU's lead back to six, 79-73, and out of reach.
Olukemi led all scorers with 19 points, while Williams joined Page with 18 and Markel Brown added 10.
Davis and Andrew Fitzgerald led the Sooners with 18 each.
Saturday's box score