#23 Oklahoma Sooners knock off #8 Oklahoma State Cowboys, 88-76

Jan 27, 2014; Norman, OK, USA; Oklahoma Sooners forward Ryan Spangler (00) dunks over Oklahoma State Cowboys guard Marcus Smart (33) during the first half at Lloyd Noble Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Bedlam. Absolute Bedlam.

A ruckus was created inside the Lloyd Noble Center. And the Oklahoma State Cowboys suffered big.

The Oklahoma Sooners upset the eighth-ranked Cowboys in a wild night in Norman.

The place was packed in a sea of white. The fans brought their voices, and it was a fun Monday to be a Sooner fan.

The OU Sooners beat the Pokes, 88-76. And it wasn’t even close.

Oklahoma outperformed Oklahoma State from start to finish. The Pokes tried to rally and were never out of the game, but this was Oklahoma’s night.

Ryan Spangler, probably most deserving of any game ball, had the monster performance you would expect against an undersized Cowboys team. 15 points, 17 rebounds, and one block was Spangler’s stat line.

It was just one heck of a night for the squad. The Sooners were 8-17 from the perimeter, though, they struggled from the charity stripe.

Jordan Woodard led the team with 18 points, and Tyler Neal came off the bench to go 5-6 (3-3 from beyond the arc) to add 15.

D.J. Bennett once again made some noise with two blocks. Everyone was just on point.

Free throws, despite Oklahoma’s struggle, made all the difference. Oklahoma State wasn’t too far off, but the Sooners made 15 more free throws than the Cowboys.

Oklahoma State’s Phil Forte III caught fire, hitting a perfect 6-6 from the three point line. Marcus Smart poured in 22, a game high.

However, the Cowboys saw three players foul out, and could not slow down the Sooners attack.

Oklahoma State tried pushing the pace, but it was no advantage against a Sooner teams that can run.

Oklahoma led the Pokes by eight at half, and practically kept their scoring on pace the rest of the night.

OU improved to 17-4, and they’ll travel to Ames, IA for a rematch with the Iowa State Cyclones on February 1. Oklahoma should be on a big high, and hopefully will not lose their focus.

Oklahoma currently has the best winning percentage in the Big 12, though second in conference play.

More thoughts to come as we try to cool down after an insane night.

Topics: Basketball, Oklahoma Sooners, Oklahoma State Cowboys

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