OU-UTEP: Report Card

Sooners Illustrated grades out OU's 89-74 lossto the UTEP Miners in the All-College Classic tonight in Oklahoma City.

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* Box Score
* Game Notes

Overall team performance—D-

The Sooners looked pathetic in most aspects of the game in this one. OU dropped behind by a bunch in the first half in large part because there was no denial defense on the perimeter. The Miners had every look they wanted from the outside and hit a ton of three pointers, including 8-for-12 in the first half as they built up a 17-point halftime advantage. OU tried to squeak back into it, cutting the deficit back to 10 at one point, but the Sooners just never could get over the hump to get back into the game, as UTEP continued to hit shots at key moments.

Willie Warren—B

Warren was a far cry better than his last time out when he scored only four points against Northern Colorado. He managed to rack up 26 off 9-for-19 shooting, as he hit three from behind the arc, but he did turn the ball over five times in the contest. Turnovers have been a problem for Warren this year, and he had some of those same issues today. However, Warren had a pretty good outing, the best on the team.

Tony Crocker—C-

In 33 minutes of action, Crocker fell just two rebounds short of his fourth straight double-double. But although he put up 10 points and eight boards, Crocker failed to make a three-point shot in the game, posting an 0-for-3 mark. And he missed two of his four free throw attempts, something Crocker is usually consistent at making. He had a few defensive lapses, but his near double-double gets him out of the D-range.

Cade Davis—F

It was like two different players between Saturday and tonight. Two days ago, Davis couldn't miss a shot. Tonight, he virtually couldn't make one. He was an abysmal 1-for-6 from the field, including a 1-for-5 mark from deep. He didn't get to the line, only had one rebound in 25 minutes, and had two fouls to go along with his three points in the game. Davis' performance could and should have been much better if the Sooners wanted to win.

Tommy Mason-Griffin—B-

Next to Warren, Mason-Griffin was the only Sooner to score 20 points in the contest. He was 7-for-14, including a perfect 2-for-2 from the charity stripe and 4-for-9 from the three-point line on his way to 20 points. He also managed a steal, an assist and two rebounds to go along with his point total. Mason-Griffin still has a lot of improvement to make, but he had a respectable performance.

Tiny Gallon—C-

The Sooners still need to get the ball into Gallon more because the signs were there when they did so. But some of that must be attributed to him. He must call for the ball and exert more of an authority in the lane even in the Sooners' four-guard, one-post set. Gallon scored 13 points on 4-for-9 shooting and had eight rebounds, an assist and a block and was one of four Sooners in double figures.


Once again, the bench production needs a boost. Sophomore guard T.J. Franklin played seven minutes and had nothing to show for it, but much more discouraging was freshman guard Steven Pledger's performance. Pledger, who can hit the trey ball, missed all three of his attempts and finished with no points and four fouls in 18 minutes playing time. Senior forward Ryan Wright played 14 minutes and provided the bench's only two points. Two points of bench production does not provide the Sooners with any chance to win.

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