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Oklahoma State was the engine that couldn't quite get over the hill Wednesday night. The Cowboys were out-rebounded, out-scored and out-played by their rivals to the south, forcing OSU to lose two-straight for the first time this season.

NORMAN -- In the days leading up to the Bedlam game, OSU and OU coaches knew guard play would be where the game was decided. The Sooner and Cowboy frontcourts were supposed to be just another part of the game.

Until Wednesday night.

Sooner forward Kevin Bookout scored 15 points and 12 rebounds as the Sooners blew open a large lead to coast to a 64-48 OU win.
After Bookout scored 12 points in the second half, things began to open up for the Sooner guards.

"This week in practice, we worked on getting the ball inside and out and creating things for our guards,"Bookout said. "When our guards are on, they are on and they did a great job of getting me the ball."

The Sooner perimeter game was on, as OU shot 7-of-14 from three-point range.

The Cowboys (19-5, 8-3) shot 28.6 percent for the game, and the leading scorer for both teams was Hollis Price, with 22 points and six rebounds.

After Price had only six points in the first Bedlam game in Stillwater, the OU coaching staff ran Price off many screens in Norman. The change seemed to help.

"I thought they did a better job of screening for him," said Victor Williams, who led all Cowboys with 18 points and seven rebounds.
"Towards the second half and he middle of the game, Melvin was running off so many screens, he kind of got a little tired and a little fatigued. Hollis is a great player -- you can't give him the looks."

Both defenses were on again. This time, the Cowboy players didn't take advantage of the aggressive style of defense the Sooners play.

 In Stillwater, OSU guards would drove to the goal more.  

"Ever since I've been playing against OU, that's the style that they've been playing defense," Williams said. "They play very aggressive, so I didn't expect anything different.

"I knew they were going to come out and play an aggressive style of defense, but we didn't do a good job of attacking that. Down in Stillwater, we did a good job of, when they get real aggressive, we would penetrate by them, and tonight, we didn't do a real good job of that," Williams said.

Free throws were a bright spot for the Cowboys. OSU shot 71.4 percent and made 15 free throws.

Though the Cowboys went into halftime down 34-22, OSU didn't give up. In the second half, the OU lead climbed even higher.

Despite the large lead, OSU players didn't throw in the towel.
"I remember my sit-out year at Stillwater," Williams said. "Desmond and them were up by 22 in the second half and OU came back and won that game. I knew we still had a chance."

The Cowboys had 10 turnovers in the game, and rebounds didn't help the Pokes much either. OU won the rebound battle 38-37.

Missed layups and opportunities also hurt the Cowboys.

"We missed -- we counted 13 layups," Sutton said. "And in the first half, when we were up 16-12, we missed four transition opportunities that would have kept us in the game.

"Your defense can only hold you up so long. If you're not scoring at the other end, your defense is going to break down. If you can get the lead down below 10 with the game like it is today, when you can shoot three-pointers, then you are still back in the game."

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