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OU basketball: Romero Osby records double-double, helps shut down Le'Bryan Nash in Bedlam win

Several OU players made significant contributions in Wednesday's victory over Oklahoma State, but Romero Osby's scoring, rebounding and defense were the foundation of OU's win.
BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, Published: February 22, 2012

— 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.

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