Overall team performance—A-
Without Willie Warren once again and this time the loss of Tony Crocker, who suffered an ankle injury in practice Tuesday, one could assume it would have been a tough game for OU to win, regardless of the opponent. But that was not entirely the case, as the Sooners leapt out to a 21-point lead with two minutes remaining in the first half and held on down the stretch for the victory. The Sooners used timely shooting from the field and a 14-for-17 mark from the charity stripe to hang onto a lead that dwindled to only three down the stretch
There's not much to critique about Mason-Griffin's record-setting 38-point performance. Perhaps one could ask for less than three turnovers, but in 40 minutes of play at the point guard position at the Division I level, that is to be expected. He finished 13-for-21 from the field, including 5-for-10 from behind the arc and also added six assists—some of them very flashy—to his point total. This is the type of player Mason-Griffin can and will be as long as he's at OU.
Six points and seven rebounds isn't too bad for Willis' first start of his career. He was only 2-for-8 from the field, but in 32 minutes of playing time, he had a positive impact on the outcome. Defensively he was effective as well, as he played without a foul and had a blocked shot. In addition to his point and defensive totals, Willis also contributed on three assists.
Gallon is the one Sooner that could have played better but mainly just because of his turnover total. He gave the ball away five times, but he made up for some of those in other areas of his game. Gallon finished with nine points on 3-for-7 shooting, and he also brought down six rebounds to go along with an assist and two blocked shots.
Although he didn't post huge stat lines, Wright simply had a fundamentally sound game. He played turnover-free for 27 minutes and added four points and six rebounds to the Sooners' contributions. Wright was one of only two Sooner starters that played without a turnover.
Both guard Steven Pledger and forward Andrew Fitzgerald provided decent minutes off the bench for the Sooners. They didn't affect the game in the scoring column as much as Iowa State's bench did, getting outscored 21-8 by the Cyclone reserves, but they were efficient in other parts of the game, especially on the defensive end, where Pledger caused trouble. And Fitzgerald did finish the game with seven points on 3-for-7 shooting from the field.