Taj Gray scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, but it was eight points from sophomore David Godbold that helped No. 12 Oklahoma sneak out of Dallas with a 50-47 win over SMU on Tuesday night.
Godbold, who had been held scoreless in each of the Sooners last three games, came off the bench to hit two 3-pointers in the second half, the last of which came with seven minutes and five seconds left, and then two clutch free throws in the final minute to hold off the Mustangs.
However, despite Godbold's clutch play the Mustangs had a shot at the end to force overtime.
Leading 49-47 with 11 seconds left, Michael Neal hit just one of two free throws, but the Mustangs failed on two attemtps to tie the game with the final shot coming at the buzzer.
Neal, who finished with just six points and was 1-for-6 from 3-point range, also hit a pair of free throws with 20 seconds left to push OU's lead 49-45.
The Sooners, who struggled to a 24-17 halftime lead, were held scoreless for the first six minutes and 40 seconds of the second half as the Mustangs used a 9-0 run to take a 29-26 lead.
Then, trailing 32-31, Godbold hit back-to-back three's to give the Sooners the lead for good.
For the game, OU shot just 39 percent from the field (16-for-41). And in the second half, the Sooners attempted just 16 shots.
However, Oklahoma was strong on the defensive end of the court holding the Mustangs to 32.7 percent shooting for the game. And SMU's 17 points in the first half was the second-lowest by a Sampson team on the road since he arrived in Norman
With the win, the Sooners improve to 9-2. SMU falls to 7-5.
Oklahoma will begin Big 12 play on Saturday against Nebraska in Lincoln. Tip-off is scheduled for 12:30 p.m.
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