MEN'S BB: Sooners Win Bedlam 64-61

Taylor and Blake Griffin came up huge for Oklahoma as the Sooners won the first installment of Bedlam on Monday night, 64-61. The Griffins combined for 35 points, including some clutch plays down the stretch.

It was loud. It was physical. It was intense.

In other words, it was Bedlam.

Behind the Griffin brothers, Oklahoma won the first round of the 2008 version on Monday night, 64-61, in front of a sold out Lloyd Noble Center in Norman.

The win was Oklahoma's (15-5, 3-2) third straight while the Cowboys (10-10, 1-5) dropped their fifth straight game.

Junior Taylor Griffin scored 20 points and freshman Blake added 15, including a game-changing three-point play with 54 seconds to play, to vault the Sooners.

Oklahoma State's Obi Muonelo tied the game at 57-57 with a 3-pointer with 1:37 to play.

The Sooners struggled to get off a good shot on the ensuing possession. When David Godbold's desperation 3-pointer was off the mark, Blake Griffin was there to grab the rebound.

He made the putback, was fouled by Byron Eaton and then sank the ensuing free throw to give the Sooners a three-point lead again.

Griffin and Tony Crocker each made a pair of free throws in the final 18 seconds to help keep OU's lead at three.

Eaton's running 3-pointer at the buzzer fell off the mark, giving Oklahoma the victory.

The Sooners trailed 32-27 at the half due largely to the hot hand of Muonelo. The sophomore made three treys, including banking in a 26-footer at the halftime buzzer, and had 17 points at the break.

But Oklahoma's defense stiffened in the second half. Muonelo's late 3-pointer was just his second field goal of the second half. He finished with a game-high 25 points.

Oklahoma held the Pokes to just 29.2 percent shooting in the second half.

After falling behind at the break, the Sooners opened the second half with a 13-2 run and didn't trail the final 18:41 of the game.

Oklahoma may have won the game at a place it nearly lost it.

The Sooners were 23-of-39 from the foul line. They missed 11 of their first 23 attempts. Oklahoma State made all 17 of its free throws.

Eaton finished with 18 points for the Pokes.

For Oklahoma, which shot 50 percent for the game, Austin Johnson added 10 points.


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