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Sooners Give Lon Kruger Win No. 500 With Victory Over Northwestern State

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Je'lon Hornbeak hit a go-ahead three-pointer with 2:12 remaining and the Oklahoma Sooners gave head coach Lon Kruger his 500th career win with an ugly 69-65 win over Northwestern State.

Neither team shot 40 percent from the field for the game, but Oklahoma managed to go 20-for-28 from the foul line to hold on for the win. After Hornbeak's three-pointer gave the Sooners a 64-63 lead, Steven Pledger lobbed a pass to Amath M'Baye for an alley-oop slam to put the Sooners up 66-63 with 53 seconds remaining.

The Demons scored on a tip-in with 28 seconds left, but the Sooners were able to put the game away with free throws from Pledger and Hornbeak.

Romero Osby had 11 points to lead the Sooners in scoring, despite shooting 1-for-8 from the field. Osby went 9-for-12 from the free throw line, but fouled out with five and a half minutes remaining in the game.

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Osby was the only player to score in double-figures for the Sooners, but Pledger and Isaiah Cousins both had nine points, while M'Baye and Andrew Fitzgerald each had eight.

Jalan West scored 13 points to lead Northwestern State, while Shamir Davis chipped in with 10 points.

The Sooners are back in action Tuesday night, when they travel to take on Arkansas at 6 p.m.

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