T25-OKLAHOMA STATE-FREE TICKETS
Free tickets for Oklahoma St. basketball Friday
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma State officials say an anonymous donor is providing some free tickets for an Oklahoma State basketball game.
OSU says the donor will purchase all unsold tickets for the game between the No. 9 Cowboys and South Carolina and fans can pick them up starting at 6:30 p.m. Friday on the north side of Gallagher-Iba Arena until the game begins at 8:30 p.m.
The game is part of the first Big 12/SEC Challenge and will be televised live on ESPNU.
UALR-Tulsa basketball doubleheader set in Tulsa
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - The University of Arkansas-Little Rock is to travel to Tulsa for a college basketball doubleheader with the men's and the women's teams from the two schools to play.
The women's game is to tip off at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Donald W. Reynolds Center with the men's game to follow at approximately 3:30 p.m.
The TU men's team is 2-6 on the season while UALR is 3-4.
The two schools have played six times in the past eight seasons with each team winning three games.
TEXAS A&M CC-OKLAHOMA
Oklahoma pounds Texas A&M CC 78-56
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Buddy Hield scored 18 points, Isaiah Cousins added 12 and the Sooners pulled away for a 78-56 victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Thursday in a matinee that was rescheduled to start earlier because of concerns over bad weather.
Hield hit eight of his 14 shots from the field and Cousins hit half of his 10. Overall, the Sooners (7-1) shot 45 percent as they wrapped up a three-game home stand, but the Islanders were colder at 38 percent.
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (3-7) was led by 12 points from freshman Rashawn Thomas.
Oklahoma made nine of 22 3-pointers, five coming in the first half as the Sooners built a 42-24 lead. Guard Jordan Woodard hit two 3s as he and Hield led the Sooners with eight points each in the first half. Woodard finished with eight points.
The game was moved back five hours as poor weather hit the Midwest.
CB Colvin playing hurt for Sooners
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - The pain comes and goes for Aaron Colvin.
The Oklahoma cornerback's injured shoulder can flare up unexpectedly. It hurts worse when it's cold and it's going to be frigid Saturday when No. 18 Oklahoma (9-2, 6-2 Big 12 Conference) plays at No. 6 Oklahoma State (10-1, 7-1).
But Colvin doesn't regret his decision to bypass the NFL draft and return for his senior season with the Sooners. Games like the Bedlam showdown are what he came back to Oklahoma for and he plans on toughing it out until the football season ends.
Colvin says he returned to Oklahoma to win as many games as he could and that he wants to have no regrets when he leaves Oklahoma.
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops says Colvin, a first-team All-Big 12 selection last season, is one of the best defensive backs in the program's history.
George Mason-Player Suspended
GMU player suspended after stepping on opponent
FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) - George Mason has suspended Anali Okoloji after the junior forward stepped on an opposing player during the Patriots' loss to South Florida.
Coach Paul Hewitt said Thursday that Okoloji's actions were "inexcusable and not what we expect from a George Mason student-athlete."
Hewitt did not specify the length of the suspension but says it will include Sunday's game against Oklahoma in the BB&T Classic.
Okoloji was involved in the momentum-shifting sequence in the second half of Wednesday night's 68-66 loss. South Florida's Anthony Collins was tripped from behind by Okoloji near the foul line, then was stepped on by Okoloji as Okoloji's momentum took him down the court. Okoloji was whistled for both a personal and a technical foul.
Okoloji has appeared in eight games this season, averaging 2.4 points.
ORAL ROBERTS-SUMMIT LEAGUE
Oral Roberts Univ. to return to Summit League
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Oral Roberts University has announced plans to return to the Summit League after spending the past two seasons in the Southland Conference.
ORU announced Thursday it will rejoin the Summit League in all sports beginning July 1, 2014.
ORU spent 15 seasons in the Summit League before leaving for the SLC. ORU athletic director Mike Carter says the SLC's expansion to 14 teams reduced some of ORU's primary objectives in moving - including reduced travel costs and developing rivalries with some schools in the SLC.
NATIONAL FINALS RODEO
Knowles takes lead in steer wrestling standings
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Trevor Knowles had a near-record run of 3.1 seconds Thursday night to take the lead in the steer wrestling season standings after the first round of the National Finals Rodeo.
Knowles, from Mount Vernon, Ore., was a tenth of a second off the Thomas & Mack Center record of 3.0 set by Steve Duhon in 1986 and matched by Bryan Fields in 2001. Knowles had the fastest first-round time in NFR history, breaking the mark of 3.3 set by Gary Green and Roy Duvall in 1985.
Knowles pushed his season money total to $120,158. Casey Martin of Sulphur, La., finished fourth in 4.2 to drop into second place at $116,750.
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