Overall team performance—B
Give the Sooners credit. They battled back from a 10-point halftime deficit that was as much as 12 at one point in the first half to take a seven point lead midway through the second. And they held on until the final minute when the Aggies simply made the plays they needed to make to win the game. OU missed a couple of huge shots in the final minute that would have given them a chance to escape with a victory.
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Crocker had two assists, a steal and a block to go along with four points and five rebounds, but that was all of his production over 31 minutes of playing time. He was 2-for-8, including a poor 0-for-2 mark from behind the arc, and he was very ineffective defensively, as he was the first of two Sooners to foul out.
Mark this one down as a game to remember for Mason-Griffin, who finished with 21 points. He shot 7-for-13 overall and was even better beyond the arc—where he hit three of his four attempts—than inside the three point line. He was almost perfect from the free throw line, at 4-for-5, and he distributed the ball as efficiently as he has the entire year, tossing five assists to only two turnovers. It was a great outing for the rising freshman.
There was no sign of Gallon's timid play this time around. He had a very nifty spin move for a lay in during the second half. He forced A&M forward Nathan Walkup and center Brian Davis into foul trouble and asserted his authority on the boards. In the end, Gallon put up 10 points and seven rebounds, as he was 3-for-5 from the field and also 4-for-5 from the charity stripe.
Freshman guard Steven Pledger and senior center Ryan Wright weren't nearly as effective as they were the other day, but Wright did make four of his six free throws, a little bit above his 59 percent average going into the contest. Neither, however, made a field goal in the contest, as Wright had no attempts and Pledger was 0-for-5.