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OU basketball notebook: Steven Pledger ends road slump

By Mike Baldwin, Staff Writer, Modified: January 11, 2011 at 11:39 pm •  Published: January 11, 2011

Sophomore shooting guard Steven Pledger broke out of his road slump with a team-high 17 points.

Entering Tuesday's game, Pledger was averaging 14.0 points at home and 7.5 on the road. He was also shooting 45.1 percent beyond the arc at home, but 22.2 percent away from Norman.

Pledger started the game 1-of-4 but caught fire late in the first half. He drained a season-best five 3-pointers.

“Me and my father talked about slowing my hands down,” Pledger said. “I tend to start rushing a little bit ... After I had that breakaway dunk it calmed me down.”


Senior guard Cade Davis dressed out for the game but didn't play after learning earlier in the day that his grandmother died.

“I know what he's going through because the same thing happened to me last year,” said Pledger, whose grandfather died before last year's conference opener. “I just wanted to come out and play hard for him because I know how he feels.”

Freshman Tyler Neal replaced Davis in the starting lineup.


Cameron Clark, OU's athletic freshman, scored 16 points, grabbed four rebounds, dished out three assists and had two more slam dunks Tuesday night, more like his recent month-long hot streak than the conference opener last Saturday when he didn't have a rebound against Texas A&M.

“Cameron was good,” said OU coach Jeff Capel. “Cameron has been good. He found some gaps in their zone. They're so long and cover so much space. But when we executed we did a good job getting into some gaps, Cameron especially.”

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