Cade Davis leads Sooners to Bedlam win on Senior Day
Ashley West, The Oklahoma Daily
On Senior Day, Cade Davis — OU's lone senior — led all scorers with 22 points and was able to leave his time at Oklahoma with a final victory in Lloyd Noble Center over the Oklahoma State Cowboys, 64-61.
The win brought Oklahoma to 13-17, 4-11 in Big 12 play this the season.
“Emotions were high today,” Davis said. “We played hard and were happy to get the win.”
Sophomore guard Steven Pledger said the Sooners will miss Davis' leadership as the lone senior.
“The game was very special,” said Pledger, who scored 11 points. “It’s tough to see him leave”
Davis also grabbed six rebounds and dished three assists.
“Cade was terrific,” OU coach Jeff Capel said. “It was really great for him to have that kind of performance on Senior Day.”
Despite one of his worst performances of the season — scoring only 5 points — sophomore Andrew Fitzgerald was big on the defensive end by just being an intimidating presence down low.
The Sooners came out of the gate early in the first half, but the Cowboys stormed back and took the lead on a buzzer-beating 3-point shot.
“We weren’t playing our best defense (in the first half),” Davis said.
Oklahoma controlled most of the second half, but the Cowboys again showed their experience in the final minutes and tied it, 61-61, with the clock running down.
OU sank its free throws in the final seconds to put the finishing touches on a Bedlam win.
Oklahoma State got a good look at a game tying 3-pointer but failed to make another buzzer beater.
With a movie-like ending, Davis grabbed the final rebound, sealing the Sooner’s victory.
“[Getting that rebound] was like a ‘Thank you, Jesus!’” Davis said.
At the end of the game, Davis thanked a few special people and all of the fans for their support over his four-year tenure.
The Sooners will move on to the Big 12 Championship where they will be seeded 10 or 11. OU could be matched up against Baylor, Colorado or Nebraska. OU beat Baylor and Colorado once this year, and the Sooners lost to Nebraska by one point when Davis' last-second 3-point attempt was ruled a two-pointer.