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Tommy Mason-Griffin erupts for OU in win over Iowa State

By David Ubben. Staff Writer, Modified: January 28, 2010 at 10:36 am •  Published: January 28, 2010

NORMAN — With two of Oklahoma’s best basketball players on the bench with sprained ankles, Tommy Mason-Griffin responded with what Sooners coach Jeff Capel called "one of the best performances I’ve seen in Lloyd Noble since I’ve been here.”

Mason-Griffin scored 38 points Wednesday night and led the Sooners to an 89-84 Big 12 win over Iowa State in front of 6,412 people. The Sooners (12-8 overall, 3-3 Big 12) played without Willie Warren and Tony Crocker, but Mason-Griffin took up the slack with a record-setting performance.

He hit 13-of-21 shots from the field, including 5-of-10 3-pointers. He also hit all seven of his free-throw attempts.

Mason-Griffin’s scoring output was the most by a Big 12 player this season; tied for fifth-most in Big 12 history; and was biggest point total by an Oklahoma point guard since Mookie Blaylock scored 38 against Iowa State during the 1988-89 season.

"I felt like the rhythm was there,” Mason-Griffin said. "Once I hit the second three, I was like, ‘I really need to get going.’”

Capel said, "Tommy was incredible, and I had a feeling he was going to play pretty well.”

Capel didn’t hide that feeling from his team as it prepared to play without its top two scorers.

Boxscore: Oklahoma 89, Iowa St. 84