Lavender's shot leaves Boilermakes feeling blue

Oklahoma guard Drew Lavender shoots the game-winning shot over Purdue guard Brandon McKnight Thursday night at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman. Lavender scored 12 second half points to propel the Sooners to their 47-45 win over the 16th-ranked Boilermakers. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

NORMAN, Okla. — Welcome to big-time college basketball Mr. Lavender.

Oklahoma freshmen point guard Drew Lavender may have been the smallest player on the court Thursday night, but it didn't keep him from making the biggest shot.

OU's tiny 5-foot-7 point guard from Columbus, Ohio scored a game-high 14 points and his driving layup with 1.1 seconds left proved to be the game-winner as the 11th-ranked Sooners (6-0) knocked off No. 16 Purdue (6-1), 47-45, in front of 12,436 fans at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman.

Lavender, who was benched for most of the first half after committing four turnovers, scored nine of OU's first 13 second half points and 12 of Oklahoma's total 26 second half points.

"He played great in the second half," said OU Head Coach Kelvin Sampson. "He hit a good shot when it counted. The great thing about Drew is that you're going to be seeing him for four years. He's going to be here a while."

Oklahoma fought off an early 5-0 Purdue run to lead the Boilermakers 21-19 in a low scoring first half. But the Sooners jumped out of the gates early in the second half with a 9-0 run spurred by a Lavender layup and three-pointer.

Purdue responded with a quick 7-0 run to get back in the game, and they eventually took the lead at 42-41 with 3:30 to go in the game on a pair of free throw's by forward Chris Booker.

Oklahoma regained the lead on a Kevin Bookout layup off a tremendous pass from Lavender, but Purdue guard David Teague would later hit two free throws with 11 seconds left to tie the game at 45.

The Sooners quickly advanced the ball to halfcourt and called timeout with 6.9 seconds left, and the rest is history as Lavender took over from there.

"At first, the play was to get the ball into Bookout like we do in practice," said Lavender. "Coach changed it up and told me to get the ball to Jabahri (Brown). Then, he told me to get it right back and make something happen."

"My thinking was to drive. If they helped off, then I was going to give it to someone else. No one helped off so I took it and made something happen to get some points."

The only other Sooner joining Lavender in double figures was Bookout. The sophomore from Stroud finsihed with 12 points. Booker led the Boilermakers with 14. Purdue's star guard Kenneth Lowe was held to just eight points on 2-of-9 shooting.

"I'm so proud of our team for beating Michigan State and Purdue in back-to-back games," Sampson said. "I knew it was going to be going to be a hard game for both teams because of the philosophy of each team. We were on an emotional high after Michigan State and glad we got to come and play at home. Our crowd won the game for us. Our offense is going to get better, but it was our defense tonight that won it for us."

Next up for the Sooners is Praire View A&M Saturday night at the Lloyd Noble Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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