OU basketball notebook: Sooners benefit from call

by Michael Baldwin Published: March 3, 2012

With Oklahoma leading 63-62 with 15 seconds left in Saturday's game with Texas A&M, instead of fouling Oklahoma guard Steven Pledger, the Aggies pressured in the backcourt.

After A&M knocked the ball from Pledger's hands, the ball slowly rolled out of bounds with 9.8 seconds left. Uncertain who touched the ball last, officials called a jump ball.

The possession arrow pointed to OU. Following a timeout, the Aggies fouled Sam Grooms, who hit both free throws to give the Sooners a 65-62 lead that stood up when Elston Turner missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

A replay showed the ball probably glanced off Pledger's leg.

“It kind of epitomizes our whole season, another bad break,” said A&M coach Billy Kennedy.

Unlike the NBA, college officials cannot review possession plays. Referee Tom O'Neill said whether a shot is a 3- or 2-pointer, clock issues and which shooter should be at the line are reviewable but not possession.

“Correct,” O'Neill said. “By rule we had to go with the jump ball.”


OU junior forward Romero Osby scored a career-high 24 points. The Mississippi State transfer's primary job is rebounding, but he can produce offensively.

Osby has scored 16 or more points 10 times this season but had never scored more than 19 until Saturday.

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by Michael Baldwin
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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