OU-Utah: Report Card

Sooners Illustrated grades out OU's performance in a 78-73 overtime victory in Salt Lake City against the Utah Utes.


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Overall team performance—A-

The Sooners showed a great amount of resiliency in this contest, ultimately coming out victorious in a game that easily could have gone the other way. After OU surged to an early 14-3 lead, Utah came back and seized an 11-point lead of its own at 42-31 with 1:30 remaining in the first half. But the Sooners stormed back on a 17-2 run between the last minute of the first half and the first few minutes of the second frame. OU squandered away a four-point lead in the final two minutes of regulation but bounced back from a four-point deficit in overtime to get a huge road win.

Willie Warren—A+

Warren was exceptional throughout the contest, hitting shots whenever the Sooners needed one. He was as clutch as they come, especially when he hit a deep three-pointer in overtime with the Sooners trailing by two to gain a one-point advantage that they would ultimately never relinquish. Although Warren fouled out in the waning seconds, he racked up 27 points, almost half of which he scored at the charity stripe, where he made 11-for-12. Warren also had eight rebounds to go along with four assists.

Tony Crocker—B+

Crocker didn't post the 33-point outburst that he had the other night, but he came up big in certain situations, nonetheless. Most of his production this time was on the boards, as he came up with 10, including nine defensive rebounds. Throughout 39 minutes of play, Crocker was 4-for-10 from the field and was the only Sooner with a double-double at 12 points and 10 boards.

Cade Davis—B-

Davis' Saturday stats won't wow anybody, but he was effective defensively in the contest, and he came down with what, at the time, was one of the biggest rebounds of the game. Off a missed free-throw, Davis battled for a board, was fouled and went to the free throw line where he hit one to put the Sooners up three. Although OU let its 66-63 lead at the time slip away, and the game went to overtime, Davis came up with plays like this throughout the game. He finished with nine points and four rebounds.

Tommy Mason-Griffin—B+

Mason-Griffin missed a key free throw that would have iced it in regulation, and he had a key turnover in overtime, but it was evident that he grew up a lot in this game. Mason-Griffin finished with 18 points on 5-for-14 shooting, and he also had six rebounds and three assists. But his major production came in the final moments of overtime when he knocked down 3-of-4 free throws and came up with a huge steal.

Tiny Gallon—C+

Gallon saw limited action due to foul trouble, but he was effective when he was in the game. He was the only Sooner that one could really feel safe about guarding Utah 7-foot-3 center David Foster, who also battled foul trouble throughout the contest. Gallon fouled out in the late stages of regulation with only nine points and three rebounds.

Bench—C-

Four players on the bench saw minutes, including guard Steven Pledger, as well as forwards Andrew Fitzgerald and Ryan Wright and center Orlando Allen. Wright played the most out of the four and scored the team's only bench points, including a shot and a free throw for three points. He saw 34 minutes of action and brought down seven boards, while the other three bench players had virtually no impact on the game.


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