Sooners End Eight-Game Skid With Bedlam Win


Thursday, May 26th 2011, 12:15 pm
By: News On 6


Originally Published: Mar 5, 2011 6:0 PM CDT

Corey DeMoss
Oklahoma Sports Staff Writer

NORMAN, Okla. – Cade Davis scored 22 points in his final game at Lloyd Noble Center and led Oklahoma to a 64-61 victory over rival Oklahoma State in Bedlam Saturday.

Davis’ two late free throws gave the Sooners (13-17, 5-11) a four-point lead with less than a minute left in the game. Marshall Moses hit two free throws of his own to cut the lead in half, and Cameron Clark hit only one of his to keep things at a three-point game and allow the Cowboys (18-12, 6-10) a chance to tie.

Keiton Page tried to find space to get off the final shot, but OU devoted two defenders to him and prevented him from getting a good look. The ball eventually found its way to Reger Dowell, who attempted an open 3-pointer at the buzzer that rimmed out.

The frantic final seconds came at the end of a game that was close throughout. The Sooners started the game on a 12-2 run, but that was the largest lead either team held all day.

OSU briefly took a two-point lead in the second half before giving it back minutes later. The teams remained within six points of each other for the final eight minutes.

Davis’ 22 points led all scorers and came after Senior Day festivities that honored him as the only OU senior. He got to the free-throw line 13 times – almost as much as the rest of the Sooners combined – and hit 10 of them.

Clark scored 15 points for OU, and Steven Pledger added 11 points off the bench. Pledger also recorded a key block in the final seconds.

Four different Cowboys scored in double figures, led by Moses with 16. Markel Brown scored 12, while Jean-Paul Olukemi and Dowell each scored 10.

The outcome of Saturday’s contest ended OU’s eight-game losing streak and OSU’s two-game winning streak. It also marked the end of the regular season for both teams; the Cowboys finished ranked No. 9 in the Big 12, and OU finished tied with Texas Tech for No. 10.

Both teams will travel to Kansas City to start play in the Big 12 Championship Wednesday, with game start times to be announced later.