OU-UT: Report Card

NORMAN, Okla. -- Sooners Illustrated grades out OU's huge 80-71 upset over the No. 9 Texas Longhorns at the Lloyd Noble Center Saturday afternoon.

Overall team performance—A

Not many people saw this one coming. The Sooners dominated the first half, as they surged out to an 18-point halftime lead. And they led by as much as 19 before the Longhorns made a run to close the gap to five down the stretch. But OU made the plays they needed to make to win a huge rivalry game. Collectively, the Sooners hit 10 threes, including nine in the first half when they shot nearly 52 percent from the field.

Tommy Mason-Griffin—A

Mason-Griffin appears to have found his groove halfway through the conference season. He was unconscious in the first half, as he was 4-for-5 from behind the arc and 5-for-7 overall. While Mason-Griffin had a slower second half, he finished the game 6-for-12 on field goal attempts and 7-for-9 from the line for 24 points. He also tossed four assists and grabbed five rebounds despite turning it over four times.

Tony Crocker—C

In 26 minutes, he wasn't much of a factor, scoring only six points on 2-for-7 shooting. Crocker did have two rebounds, two assists and a steal, but he also committed two turnovers. He was a perfect 2-for-2 from the charity stripe to add to his pair of field goals before fouling out in the latter part of the second half.

Cade Davis—A

Davis missed all six of his field goals in the second half, but he hit most of what he put up in the first half. Before the break, he was 4-for-8 from three point range and 6-for-10 from the field for 16 points in the first half. All of that contributed to his double-double of 20 points and 10 boards. In what was perhaps his flashiest play of the game, Davis traveled coast-to-coast for a reverse layup during a first half play.

Andrew Fitzgerald—B-

Fitzgerald only shot the ball twice in 19 minutes, as he made one of them on a plus-one play and converted his only free throw attempt in that sequence for three points. But he was fairly solid defensively and brought down a couple of rebounds to go along with an assist.

Ryan Wright—A

Wright probably had his best game as a Sooner Saturday against the Longhorns. Aside from Davis, he was the only other Sooner to post a double-double. Wright scored 11 on 5-for-9 shooting, and he was a force on the boards, as he brought down 14 of them. He, along with Crocker, also fouled out late, but it was a very effective performance.


Texas' bench outscored OU's reserves 25-16, but in the end, it was the Sooner bench that made the key plays. The biggest play of the game came from guard Willie Warren, who was questionable before the game. With the shot clock running down in the waning seconds of a late game possession, Warren drove to the rack and converted a circus layup that extended OU's lead. Steven Pledger and Tiny Gallon also got into the scoring action, with nine and four points, respe

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