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Sooners claim Bedlam round one

NORMAN, Okla. — The No. 23 Sooners did what the Sooners do to Bedlam rival and No. 8 Oklahoma State in Norman, taking care of them 88-76 on Big Monday inside Lloyd Noble Center.

After falling behind very early on, the Sooners were the aggressor, and I do mean the aggressor, for most of the contest.

That all started with a 13-0 run which allowed them to seize a 20-10 lead just eight minutes in.

Oklahoma State could never fully recover, battling that deficit amongst one of the most raucous LNC crowds in years.

The Sooners, who led 46-38 at intermission, extended their lead from there.

It swelled to as much as 17 in the second half when they led 60-43, but the Sooners could never quite fully bury the Pokes, thanks in large part to some critical 3’s from Oklahoma State sharpshooter Phil Forte.

Forte killed it time and time again from the outside, draining 6-of-6 triples on his way to 20 points.

That put OSU, seemingly out of the game earlier, down just 76-68 with less than four minutes remaining.

Moments later, the Cowboys closed to within six on forward Le’Bryan Nash’s deuce, but a free throw, followed by a massive trey from point guard Jordan Woodard with 2:52 to play delivered what basically became the final dagger.

Forward Ryan Spangler, who has been a double-double machine for the Sooners this year, did so again in the win with 17 rebounds and 15 points.

He was joined in double figures by Woodard, forward Tyler Neal and guard Buddy Hield, who finished with 18, 15 and 11, respectively.

For Oklahoma State, guard Marcus Smart, who finished just 6-of-18 from the field, led the way with 22 points.

Forte was a much more efficient 7-of-9, and forward Markel Brown finished with 18 to join the other two in doubles.

The Sooners (17-4, 6-2 Big 12) have now won 10 straight Bedlam Series games in Norman dating back to OSU’s last win in 2004.

They’ll next head to Ames, Iowa, for a 3 p.m. CT Saturday contest against Iowa State.

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