OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Romero Osby scored 19 points, Cameron Clark added a season-high 17 points off the bench and Oklahoma beat former Big 12 rival Texas A&M 64-54 on Saturday in the All-College Classic.
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Chesapeake Energy Arena • Oklahoma City, Okla.
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|Texas A&M (7-2)
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|E Turner, 17
|R Turner/Caruso, 2
Clark scored from the left block and then finished off a fast break with a finger roll to send Oklahoma (7-2) on a decisive 15-3 run midway through the second half. Osby finished it off with a two-handed dunk off of Steven Pledger's alley-oop to give the Sooners a 56-44 edge with 6:18 remaining.
Elston Turner led Texas A&M (7-2) with 17 points and Ray Turner scored 12. The Aggies matched their season high with 19 turnovers, including on four of five possessions after they'd rallied to tie it at 41. That allowed Oklahoma to take control for good.
Texas A&M Basketball
Oklahoma 64, Texas A&M 54
Dec. 15, 2012 ● Chesapeake Energy Arena (Oklahoma City, Okla.)
TEAM RECORDS & SERIES NOTES
● Texas A&M fell to 7-2 on the season, while the Sooners improved to 7-2.
● The all-time series between the former Big 12 Conference partners now stands at 30-10 in favor of Oklahoma.
● The Aggies were guilty of a season high-tying 19 turnovers which led to 20 Oklahoma points.
● For the game, A&M shot 20-of-50 (.400), while Oklahoma hit 21-of-54 shots from the field (.389).
● Senior guard Elston Turner led the Aggie in scoring with 17 points on the night ... he made 6-of-13 shots from the field to extend his streak of scoring in double digits to nine games this season.
● Fellow senior Ray Turner also turned in a double-digit scoring afternoon, finishing with 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting.
● Junior forward Andrew Young collected a season-high 10 rebounds in the loss.
● The Sooner featured four players in double figures, led by senior forward Romero Osby's game-high 19 points.
FIRST HALF NOTES
● Oklahoma held a one-point advantage at the intermission, 28-27.
● Elston Turner and Oklahoma's Buddy Hield tied for top scoring honors in the opening period as each player contributed 10 points to his team's effort ... Turner was 4-of-7 from the floor and 2-of-3 from beyond the 3-point arc.
● Texas A&M shot 41.7 percent from the floor in the opening period ... Oklahoma, meanwhile, was 8-of-23 from the floor (34.8 percent).
● The Sooner made 9-of-10 free throw attempts in the period, while the Aggies attempts were 4-of-6 from the charity stripe.
SECOND HALF NOTES
● The Sooners outscored the Aggies 36-27 during the second half and were aided by 11 A&M turnovers.
● Elston Turner led the Aggies with seven points after the intermission.
● The Aggie shot 10-of-26 (.385) during the second half while the Sooners made 13-of-31 second half field goal attempts (.419).
● The Aggies return to the Reed Arena for their next contest, which will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 18, when Texas A&M hosts Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 6 p.m.
● Oklahoma, meanwhile, will also return home to play on Dec. 18. Facing Stephen. F. Austin in Norman, Okla.
A&M Head Coach Billy Kennedy
"I thought Oklahoma did a good job with their defensive pressure, speeding our guards up, and we did a poor job of sharing the ball and taking care of the ball. We had 19 turnovers, and I think that was the difference in the game."
On it being a physical game:
"I think they were more physical, and I think they were more athletic and deeper. When Cameron Clark came in and played a 4, or something that he hadn't done a whole lot this year and make shots like he made, that makes a tough match up."
On the pace of the game:
"We did a poor job of handling the young guards, and we've done a better job of sharing the ball and taking care of the ball before this game. You've got to give Oklahoma the credit. They were bigger and more athletic than some of the teams we've played in the past. They sped us up."
OU Head Coach Lon Kruger
"I thought the ball game was going back and forth there for the first 25 minutes or so. Texas A&M is a good, physical ball club and they hurt us on the boards a little bit, especially with a little bit of a smaller lineup. Their size hurt us a little bit, but I thought our activity defensively during the second half was really a key in converting some transitions going the other way. [That] is probably what made the margin there a two or four-point game for a while, but then we popped it to 10 off of a couple steals."
On forcing 19 turnovers:
"The activity on the ball is that they set a lot of ball screens. They do a good job with that. I thought we were okay against it in the first half, but we weren't really creating any turnovers or advantages. I thought in the second half we were getting after the ball more aggressively. We had the big guys getting some hands on the dribble and guards getting back in there as well. The activity defensively was really important."
On moving Cameron Clark to the 4 position:
"Cam's activity was fantastic. He had a really good week of practice and attacking and knocking down jumpers there and getting to the rim a couple times. I thought he worked really hard defensively. There is size difference on the defensive end. Cam is strong enough and athletic enough to not get hurt by that size difference and use his quickness to his advantage."
On the production off the bench:
"It is nice to have guys coming off the bench playing well when you have three starters who didn't get any field goals. Again, to this point, different guys coming off the bench are picking us up defensively. Buddy [Hield] did a really good job coming in the first half and gave us good activity in the second half. Cam [Clark], of course, was fantastic. It is not just scoring, but activity coming off the bench which is good energy."