March 8, 2007

Sooners hold on to beat Iowa State 68-63

Oklahoma City, Okla. -- The Oklahoma Sooners came into the opening round of the Big 12 Tournament looking to take control early after slow starts over the last month of conference play.

But then the second half arrived, the half that had been so good to Oklahoma during the final stretch of the season. The final 20 minutes of play was almost OU's undoing as the Sooners leaned on the gritty play of veteran David Godbold to grind past Iowa State 68-63.

After Iowa State took their first lead of the game at 57-56 with just 4:08 remaining, it was Godbold who helped OU regain the momentum with a three-point shot that gave OU a 60-56 lead with 2:34 left in the game.

Still leading 60-56 just moments later, it was Godbold who dove on a loose ball and called timeout, securing the possession away from Iowa State and giving the Sooners a major leg up with just 1:01 remaining in the game.

For an offense which shot only 32 percent in the second half, Godbold's big plays down the stretch were just as big and just as important as any basket.

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