Ramada All-College Classic: OU Report Card

OKLAHOMA CITY — The grades are in from Saturday evening's 79-74 victory over the Houston Cougars.

Overall team performance: B

They certainly weren't dominant all the time but showed incredible resiliency in coming back from nine points down in the second half to claim a 5-point victory. The Sooners were actually outshot 44.1 percent to 42.2 percent in the contest but somehow still found a way to win. That was in large part because the Sooners made 12 more free throws (19-of-24) than Houston shot (seven). OU, the nation's eighth ranked rebounding team, won the board battle just 40-37 but again, it was enough.

F Andrew Fitzgerald: C-

Fitzgerald was dreadful from the field, converting just 4-of-16 attempts. But he knocked down a couple crucial buckets down stretch on his way to 10 points. He also recorded six rebounds, an assist and a steal, but committed one turnover.

F Romero Osby: C-

Percentage wise, Osby actually had a worse shooting night than Fitzgerald did, going just 2-for-11. But he was effective on the glass, bringing down a game-high 10 rebounds to add to his five points. Osby also blocked a shot and stole the ball once for a slam.

G Sam Grooms: A+

What got lost in this performance was Grooms' ability to distribute the basketball. He dished out eight assists to no turnovers in 38 minutes playing time. That's perfect point guard play, despite a 3-of-8 shooting night. He was also 3-for-4 from the charity stripe and had two rebounds.

G Steven Pledger: A+

Pledger's scoring outburst is the reason why Grooms' outing was overshadowed. He scored a season-high 31 points on 10-for-13 shooting from the field, including 4-of-5 from behind the arc. The 31-point total was the largest of Pledger's career in regulation, although he scored 38 points in an overtime victory last year over Iowa State. He finished a perfect 7-for-7 from the line and also had 10 rebounds for a double double.

G Cameron Clark: A-

Clark scored 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting, including 2-for-2 at the foul line, and he snatched two rebounds. But he also committed four turnovers in 26 minutes playing time. Still, his point production per minutes was very solid.

Bench: C-

There wasn't much in the way of bench production tonight for the Sooners. Forward Tyler Neal, though, did score nine points, going 2-for-4 from the field with four free throws on five attempts. Guard Carl Blair, forward C.J. Washington and center Barry Honore combined for no points in 22 minutes. So, OU was outscored 24-9 by the Houston reserves.

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