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March 7, 2013

Sooners lead wire to wire again, top WVU 83-70

Mountaineers lose fifth straight

NORMAN, Okla. — Any college basketball player wants to finish his career on a high note in his final home game. 

Romero Osby, Steven Pledger and Oklahoma’s senior class took it a step further with a perfect final month at the Lloyd Noble Center.
Osby scored 26 points, Pledger chipped in 23 and the Sooners led wire to wire for their fourth straight home game, beating West Virginia 83-70 on Wednesday night. Oklahoma notched its fifth straight win at home, leading throughout every game since Feb. 9.
“It meant a lot,” Pledger said. “Being here all four years, I’ve been through the ups and downs. It definitely meant a lot to me.”
It was the last game at the Lloyd Noble Center for Osby, Pledger, Andrew Fitzgerald and Sam Grooms — all of them seniors. Pledger and Fitzgerald were carryovers from Jeff Capel’s time as coach, enduring the first consecutive losing seasons at the school in decades.
Now, a return to the NCAA tournament is becoming more and more likely for the Sooners (20-9, 11-6 Big 12).
“We’re excited that we might have an opportunity to get there, but we know that our work isn’t done,” said Osby, who surpassed 20 points for the third straight game. “We’ve still got to win. We’ve still got to play this last game of the season and we’ve still got to play in the Big 12 tournament and try our best to win that. And we’re still competing for a championship in the Big 12 tournament. 
“We’ll just focus on the NCAA tournament when it comes, if we’re fortunate enough to make it.”
The Mountaineers (13-17, 6-11) trimmed a 17-point deficit down to three in the opening minutes of the second half and were within four with 5 minutes left before Fitzgerald converted a three-point play off a driving layup before hitting a jumper on back-to-back possessions. Pledger followed with a 3-pointer that circled the rim before falling in to make it 76-64 with 3:16 remaining.

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