OU basketball notebook: Tony Crocker returns

BY DAVID UBBEN, Staff Writer, dubben@opubco.com Modified: January 20, 2010 at 4:47 am •  Published: January 20, 2010
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Senior guard Tony Crocker started Tuesday's game after rolling his ankle early in Saturday's win over Missouri. Crocker played 31 minutes and scored just four points before fouling out with 3:31 to play in Oklahoma's 65-62 loss to Texas A&M.


LATE TURNOVER COSTS SOONERS

Sophomore guard Willie Warren was called for a five-second violation while trying to take time off the clock with 1:35 to play. Warren, guarded by Donald Sloan, backed down before backing up to halfcourt, but didn't make enough space between himself and the defender to restart the closely guarded count.

“I thought the official motioned that he broke the count. Maybe I wasn't paying attention close enough,” said Oklahoma coach Jeff Capel.

CAREER NIGHT FOR MASON-GRIFFIN

Tommy Mason-Griffin scored a career and game-high 21 points and dished out five assists, all while playing 39 minutes in just his second conference road game.

“Tommy Mason-Griffin was fantastic all night,” said Texas A&M coach Mark Turgeon. “I knew he was that type of player coming out of high school.”

Mason-Griffin's play led Capel to call him the best player on the floor on Tuesday night. Mason-Griffin missed a short jumper that would have put the Sooners ahead with under five seconds to play.

“It's a shot I think that if he got again, he'd knock it down,” Capel said.

WILLIS STAYS HOME

Ray Willis did not travel with the team to College Station for Tuesday's game. Willis, a sophomore reserve guard, averages 3.7 points in 9.7 minutes for the Sooners, had an eligibility issue that had to be cleared up.

A team spokesman said Willis should be available for Saturday's game at Texas Tech.

A NEW AGGIE TRADITION

Box score from Tuesday's game