TMG sizzles, but OU still fizzles against OSU
Playing without leading scorer Willie Warren and big man Tiny Gallon, a shorthanded Oklahoma squad fell to 13-11 overall and 4-6 in Big 12 after a 97-76 thrashing at the hands of a hungry Oklahoma State team Saturday in Stillwater.
Oklahoma actually led 21-15 nine minutes in, but their poor defense and hot shooting by the Cowboys would eventually be too much to overcome.
The Soooners’ last lead was 24-23 at the 9:52 mark of the first half, but OSU responded with a 10-run to take control and lead 48-38 at halftime.
OU would cut the lead to 51-43 with 18:06 to go, but the Cowboys responded with another big run. This time, it was a 16-0 spurt that broke the game open for good and pushed the lead to 67-43 with 14:30 remaining.
In all, the Cowboys shot an impressive 54.1 percent (33-61) from the field and hit an OU opponent-season-high 14 three-pointers. OSU also outrebounded OU, 36-29, and committed eight less turnovers than the Sooners.
Oklahoma State junior guard James Anderson scored at will against Oklahoma’s hideous perimeter defense, topping his season-high in the first half with 26 points and finishing the game with 31.
Leading the way for Oklahoma was Tommy Mason-Griffin, who continues to be one of the few bright spots of this disastrous season. The freshman from Houston, Texas finished with 30 points and five assists.
Cade Davis and Tony Crocker also reached double figures with 19 and 16 points respectively. Combined, the trio of Davis, Crocker and Mason-Griffin accounted for all but 11 of OU’s 76 points.
As for the absence of Warren and Gallon, Warren missed the game due to an illnes and Gallon has been suspended indefinitely. Sources tell OUHoops.com that Gallon’s suspension was due to concerns over improper contact with an agent.
Next up for Oklahoma is another road game Wednesday at Colorado.