NORMAN — Minutes after recording his seventh double-double of the season, Oklahoma forward Romero Osby still had the energy to repeatedly toss and catch his 2-year-old daughter, Saniya, in the Lloyd Noble Center stands.
Several OU players made significant contributions to help the Sooners end a six-game losing streak Wednesday night. But it was Osby's 16 points and 13 rebounds and defense that was the foundation of a 77-64 win over Oklahoma State.
“I just wanted to go out and give effort for my team on the defensive end and try to get rebounds. I wasn't really concerned with my scoring,” Osby said. “The coaches kind of challenged me to go out and get double-figure rebounds and get back to my normal self.”
By his standards, Osby was in a rebounding slump. That's misleading. He's third in the Big 12 Conference (7.7). But over the past month Osby was averaging “only” 5.4 rebounds.
Bedlam was his first double-double since a 16-point, 11-rebound performance a month ago against Baylor.
“I needed this to get some confidence,” Osby said. “I credit my teammates for playing really good defense which gave me a chance to get some rebounds.”
Down 30-12 at halftime, the Cowboys were scorching hot to start the second half, closing to within 42-39. After OSU missed back-to-back potential game-tying 3-pointers, Osby scored in the post. Two possessions later the versatile power forward drained an 18-footer.
As quickly as OU's 18-point lead nearly evaporated, the Sooners regained control. OU owned a double-digit lead the final nine minutes.