Spangler Scores 26, Leads No. 3 OU To 71-49 Bedlam Win Over OSU
No. 3 Oklahoma recorded its seventh consecutive win over Oklahoma State with a 71-49 Bedlam victory.
Jeff Newberry dished it to Leyton Hammonds for a wide open layup, giving OSU the first lead of the game.
The Cowboys elevated their lead 5-1 with a bucket from behind the arc courtesy of Tavarius Shine. At this point, Oklahoma State was playing high-tempo in efforts to hopefully secure a decent lead before OU mainstay Buddy Hield a.k.a Buddy Buckets got heated up.
In the first eight minutes, the Sooners were just 2-for-10 from the field. But the team did go on a 6-0 run to cut their deficit 10-7. Spangler had four points and Hield contributed the other three.
Newberry took flight and punched in a dunk and Chris Olivier nailed a three-pointer to advance OSU’s advantage 15-7.
Dinjiyl Walker subbed in for OU and knocked down a trey, making it his 15th game this season to come off the bench and sink a long-range jumper.
Spangler soon tallied two more buckets to mark his 11th point of the game. The last time he scored eight-plus was Feb. 6 against Kansas State.
With 6:47 left in the first half, OSU had scored nine points off turnovers and ruled Bedlam 20-15.
The Sooners turned up the momentum and trimmed the Cowboys lead 24-22 three minutes before intermission. Spangler made his presence known, leading the Sooners with 14 points. He soon tallied a three to own 16 of OU’s 24 buckets.
Going into halftime, OU claimed a 27-24 lead (while shooting 38 percent), its first of the game.
On the other side, with nine points and four rebounds, Hammonds was one point shy of scoring in double figures in eight of OSU’s last nine games.
Minutes into the second half, OSU reclaimed the lead with a deep ball from Shine (31-30). But the Sooners quickly stole it with Spangler’s help. The senior had a career-high 23 points and was 9-of-10 from the field, 4-of-4 from downtown and contributed eight rebounds.
The Sooners soon turned turnovers into easy buckets and locked in on defense, escalating their lead to seven.
With 7:49 before the final, OU took off on OSU, claiming a 20-point lead (57-37), shooting 50 percent while holding OSU to 28.6 percent. The Sooners tallied two more and held the largest lead of the game.
With just under five minutes before the buzzer, Hield was draining threes and Spangler recorded his 11th double-double of the season (second-most in the Big 12) and 28th of his career.
At the 3:19 mark, OU reigned 64-46 and was outscoring Oklahoma State 37-22 in the half.
The Cowboys fought back but the team’s effort wasn’t enough to detain the Sooners at home as OU finished victorious with a 71-49 win.
Spangler finished with a career-high 26 points and 14 boards.