It was a dominating performance by 17th ranked Gonzaga to advance to the finals of the Old Spice Classic. In the Semis, the Zags whipped Oklahoma 72-47.
"Gonzaga did a terrific job in dictating pretty much in every way," Sooners coach Lon Kruger said. "Anytime you get whipped that badly on the boards, you know they were a lot more physical, a lot more aggressive to loose balls. It's a terrific learning opportunity for us, and we've got to get that from it. Otherwise it's a waste of time. So we've got to learn from it."
OU senior forward Romero Osby led the team in scoring for the second straight game with 13 points. He was 3-for-6 from the field and 7-for-8 from the free throw line while also pulling down a team-high-tying 5 rebounds.
Freshman point guard Isaiah Cousins reached double figures in scoring for the first time, netting 10 points with the help of 3-for-5 3-point shooting. He entered the game averaging 2.3 points in OU's first three outings.
Oklahoma trailed just 14-8 despite going 2 for 15 from the field during the opening 10 1-2 minutes of play.
Steven Pledger's jumper cut the Sooners' deficit to 18-13 with eight minutes left in the half. Andrew Fitzgerald had a slam that got Oklahoma to 20-17 two minutes later.
Oklahoma sustained its first loss of the season, falling 72-47 to No. 17/16 Gonzaga in the semifinals of the Old Spice Classic. OU will play West Virginia in the third-place game Sunday at 3:30 p.m. CT (televised by ESPNU).
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