November 22, 2012; Buena Vista, FL, USA; Oklahoma Sooners guard Cameron Clark (21) passes the ball as UTEP Miners guard/forward Julian Washburn (4) defends in the first half of the Old Spice Classic at the HP Field House. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

OU Basketball: Sooners hold off Miners, 68-61, to advance to semifinals

Lon Kruger is starting to see a trend when it comes to the second half. It is definitely not one he hopes sticks around when it comes time to play better competition.

The season is young, and the Sooners did earn a 68-61 victory over the UTEP Miners. However, once again, the Sooners let up a big lead and did not allow much room for comfort in the final minutes of this game.

Oklahoma had no problem scoring at the beginning of their first round contest with UTEP, going up 15-0 in less than five minutes. However, the Miners outscored the Sooners 26-23 in the last fifteen minutes.

The second half brought another big OU lead, but the Miners cut it to four with less than two minutes.

The Sooners needed a Steven Pledger three and free throw in the closing minute to put away UTEP, but a win is a win.

Oklahoma’s Thanksgiving Day win improves their record to 3-0 on the season. However, they will put their undefeated record on the line tomorrow against either the 17th-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs or Clemson Tigers.

Lon Kruger’s club will take the court at the HP Field House in Orlando, FL at 6:30 p.m. and will compete for a spot in the 2012 Old Spice Classic championship game. The game will be televised on ESPN 2.

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