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Oklahoma Sooners 74 - Oklahoma State Cowboys 72 | Bedlam Basketball Notes & Quotes

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"It's no surprise it was a hard-fought game. Both teams really battled and the O-State guys did a great job especially late getting back in the ballgame. Watching tapes of them throughout the year, the thing that stood out is how hard they've competed and how hard they've fought. It feels great to get out with a win. The last minute didn't go so well, but certainly it's better to win and learn than to not win and we've got to play a lot better." - Lon Kruger on the game in general

On Jawun Evans: "On tape he's a really good player. He's never done that before, that doesn't happen very often, but he pretty much had his way. We didn't do a good job of corralling him or containing him or keeping him from doing what he wanted to do." - Lon Kruger on Oklahoma State's Jawun Evans

"I'm really proud of our effort, and I'm really proud of our mental approach. They had a fight to them until the end of the game, and they didn't care about the score. We played arguably the best team in the country, and they played well. I think we did a pretty good of taking them out of their offense in the second half and doing more of what we wanted to do on the defensive end. In the first half, they made some great shots, and that's hard to overcome. In the second half, we did something about it. We made some adjustments at halftime that really helped our guys make quick adjustments. The approach was right, and I'm proud of the pride and effort of our guys." - Travis Ford on their approach to the game

"Evans had been out, so they were draped all over him. We knew he wouldn't be able to get off a shot, and we actually used him as a decoy and had him act like he was going to set a screen. We had four different options, and we ended up making the right play. Leyton Hammonds did the right pass, and Jeffrey Carroll turned and put up the best shot he could. We missed the free throw on purpose, and we actually had the ball in our hands to lay it in, but the ball didn't bounce the right way. I'm still proud of the effort." - Travis Ford on the final shot of the game

"They set a good screen for one of their players and he came off the screen, so I just tried to jump and contest it the best I could. They ran a good play." - Jordan Woodard on Oklahoma State's final shot

"It was good for us to get a Big 12 road win. OSU plays hard, but to get a win over OSU and being from Oklahoma, it feels good." - Jordan Woodard on winning in Stillwater

"He just had good pace and a good feel for the game. He made some great plays and some tough shots. He's a freshman and you don't expect him to make tough shots. He's a great player and he's done a great job so far. Next game we play him in, we just need to do a better job."- Buddy Hield on defending Jawun Evans

"Yes knowing I was going to play Hield, and it fired me up, but playing any team in the Big-12 fires me up. Playing against such a great player like that just makes me play even harder." - Jawun Evans on Buddy Hield

Game Notes

  • No. Oklahoma never trailed in their 74-72 road win over Oklahoma State.
  • The Sooners are now 135-95 all-time against OSU (25-18 in the Big 12 era). The last time OU won at least three straight games in Stillwater was a four-game streak from 1982 to 1985
  • It was OU's sixth consecutive victory over the Cowboys (third straight in Stillwater) and eighth in the last nine meetings. . • The Sooners improved to 14-1 on the season, their best start since the 2008-09 squad began 20-1.
  • Lon Kruger improved to 8-2 against Oklahoma State as OU's head coach (3-2 in Stillwater).
  • OU went 12 for 28 (.429) from 3-point range, marking the 10th game this season the Sooners have made at least 10 2-point shots.
  • Wednesday night marked just the third time in 15 games this season that OU failed to score at least 80 points.
  • Buddy Hield recorded his ninth straight game of at least 20 points with his team-high 26-point effort.
  • After scoring twenty points in the first half, Buddy was held to just six in the second half.
  • Wednesday marked  Hield's ninth game this season with at least 25 points (fourth straight and eighth in the last nine games). In his first three seasons, he combined for six games of at least 25 points.
  • With his 6-for-12 3-point effort, Hield set the OU career record for made 3-pointers (now has 261). He passed Terry Evans (1990-93), who made 259 in his career (Hield has played in 13 fewer games than Evans did).
  • In four Big 12 games, Buddy Hield is now averaging 31.3 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists while shooting .545 from the field and .500 from 3-point range (22 for 44). He is averaging 5.5 3-point makes in league play.
  • Over the last three regular season games against OSU, Hield is 25 for 35 (.714) from the field (15 for 18 last year and 10 for 17 Wednesday).
  • Jordan Woodard was 3 for 6 from behind the arc and finished with 17 points, his third straight game with at least that many.
  • Woodard has scored at least 14 points nine times this year (each of the last five games) after doing it three times in 35 games last year.
  • Ryan Spangler entered Bedlam averaging 16.0 points in OU's three Big 12 games but was held to 7 points on 2 for 7 shooting. He did grab 8 rebounds (tied for game high) and has registered at least 7 rebounds in 14 of 15 games this year (13 straight contests).
  • Khadeem Lattin was 4 for 4 from the field and finished with 9 points and a team-high-tying 8 rebounds while blocking two shots before fouling out.
  • Lattin has 20 blocks in the last five games (4.0 average). He entered the game averaging a Big 12-high 2.2 blocks on the season.
  • Isaiah Cousins scored 12 points, snapping a two-game streak in which he did not reach double digits.
  • Jawun Evans career-high 42 points were the most points ever by a freshman in Oklahoma State history (previous: 29 by Cezar Guerrero, James Anderson and Byron Houston).
  • It was also the most ever by any OSU player against Oklahoma (Broke previous record of 37 by James Anderson in 2009 and Leroy Combs in 1981).
  • In Stillwater, the Cowboys still lead the Bedlam Series 61-45, including a 51-27 mark inside Gallagher-Iba Arena.
  • OSU has made at least one three-pointer in 500 consecutive games dating back to Jan. 13, 2001.
  • The Cowboys have blocked at least one shot in every game this season, and entered tonight's contest ranked 32nd nationally with 5.3 blocks per game.
  • With Phil Forte out with an injury, OSU's active players combined for three starts and 48 career points against OU coming into Wednesday night's game.