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January 28, 2014

Bedlam No. 1 to OU: Sooners down Cowboys in season’s first meeting

NORMAN — Ryan Spangler had 15 points and a career-high 17 rebounds to help No. 23 Oklahoma defeat No. 8 Oklahoma State 88-76 on Monday night.

Jordan Woodard scored 18 points and reserve Tyler Neal added a season-high 15 points for the Sooners (17-4, 6-2 Big 12), who won their fourth straight game and claimed their third win over a ranked conference opponent this season.

Marcus Smart had 22 points, Phil Forte scored 20 points and made all six of his 3-point tries and Markel Brown added 18 points for the Cowboys (16-4, 4-3).

OSU’s Le’Bryan Nash, who scored a career-high 29 points against West Virginia on Saturday, fouled out with eight points in 17 minutes.

It was the first time both teams have entered a “Bedlam” rivalry game ranked since 2005. The rematch is Feb. 15 at Oklahoma State.

The Cowboys committed 29 fouls and were outscored 30-15 at the free throw line.

Oklahoma dominated early as Oklahoma State’s Smart, Nash and Stevie Clark all committed two fouls in the first 12 minutes.

Forte gave the Cowboys some life with two deep 3-pointers in a run that trimmed Oklahoma’s lead to 32-26. The Sooners extended it to 46-36 on a 3-pointer by Neal with 46 seconds left in the first half, and the Sooners led 46-38 at the break.

Neal, a senior who entered the game averaging 5.9 points, scored 10 in the first half. Smart played just 6 minutes in the first half and had six points on 2-for-4 shooting.

Woodard drained a long jumper as the shot clock expired to push Oklahoma’s lead to 53-41, and he later hit a 3-pointer to bump OU’s lead to 13. A 3 by Frank Booker increased the Sooners’ lead to 16 points, then Nash committed his fourth foul with 14:17 remaining, and Clark fouled out with 12:18 to go.

A 3-pointer by Smart and a dunk by Brown cut OU’s lead to 64-57.

Spangler scored on a putback, was fouled by Smart and made the free throw to put the Sooners up 75-62 with just over 6 minutes to play.

Oklahoma State cut Oklahoma’s lead to six, but Woodard’s 3-pointer with just under 3 minutes left bumped the Sooners’ lead to 10.

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