Tiny Gallon grabbed 18 rebounds and scored 13 points in his first Bedlam game to help the Sooners beat Oklahoma State 62-57 in overtime Monday night at the Lloyd Noble Center. "You look at his stats, and you look at them and go, ‘Wow!’” said OU coach Jeff Capel. "But I just think it could have been so much more if he finishes those plays to start the second half.” Gallon missed a pair of easy layups early in the half, but he scored his final points on a pass from Willie Warren to put the Sooners up three points with 30 seconds left in overtime. "I don’t like my team to miss, but I feel like if I can get the rebound, I don’t mind doing it,” Gallon said. Capel was complimentary of the Sooners’ other two freshman, Tommy Mason-Griffin and Steven Pledger, who hit a pair of 3-pointers to give the Sooners the lead with under nine minutes to play in regulation. Mason-Griffin scored 14 points and had three assists with no turnovers. "For those guys, in their first Bedlam game, for them to show up like they did,” Capel said. "That’s big time.” Gallon’s sixth double-double of the season ties him for third-most in the Big 12. Gallon’s 18 rebounds were third-most by any player in the conference this season.
GRIFFIN SENDS BEDLAM MESSAGEFormer Sooner Blake Griffin opened the game Monday night with a pregame video that showed highlights of his best slams and swats during the Bedlam games of his career. "There’s only one rivalry,” he said during a close-up at the end of the video. "This is Bedlam.” Griffin was selected No. 1 overall by the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2009 NBA Draft after leading the Sooners to the Elite Eight as a sophomore in 2009.
SOONER CAMEOSOU quarterback Landry Jones and women’s basketball player Whitney Hand were featured on the "Dance Cam” during Monday night’s game, but they passed on a chance to wow the Lloyd Noble Center crowd with their dancing skills. Hand has good reason — she is out for the rest of the season with a knee injury.
QUOTABLEOU coach Jeff Capel, on his team’s cramping and exhaustion after Monday’s win: "I told our guys after the game, ‘We should feel that way all the time. We should feel that way after every practice. We should feel that way after every game. That means you competed. That means you laid it out there on the line.’”