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OU basketball notebook: Steven Pledger makes an adjustment

By Mike Baldwin, Staff Writer, Modified: January 18, 2012 at 11:52 am •  Published: January 17, 2012

Oklahoma junior Steven Pledger was one of the nation's top shooting guards entering the holidays but was shooting 31.3 percent in conference play heading into a game against Texas Tech.

Pledger hit nearly half his shots in the Sooners' 64-55 win Tuesday night. What was noteworthy was most of his production was inside the arc, where he was 5-of-7 on driving baskets and pull-up jumpers.

“When I come off screens, the big men are staying a lot longer than usual,” Pledger said. “So it's me more playing the defense and seeing what the defense will do and making plays off that.”


Junior forward Andrew Fitzgerald has scored in double figures in 12 consecutive games, averaging 15.0 points during a streak that dates back to Dec. 2.

Coming off a game in which he missed only one shot against Kansas State, Fitzgerald wasn't as hot against Tech but he continues to provide steady production.

Fitzgerald once again ran into foul trouble, picking up his fourth with 10:36 remaining. Fitzgerald fouled out with 18 seconds left. Oddly enough, it was the first time all season he's fouled out.


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