NORMAN, Okla.– Ryan Spangler had 15 points and a career-high 17 rebounds to help No. 23 Oklahoma defeat No. 8 Oklahoma State 88-76 on Monday night.
“Ryan’s kind of been the cornerstone for our growth in the toughness area,” Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said. “I think we’re getting tougher. I think we’ve made big strides in that area.”
Jordan Woodard scored 18 points and reserve Tyler Neal added a season-high 15 points for the Sooners (17-4 overall, 6-2 Big 12), who won their fourth straight game.
Marcus Smart had 22 points, Phil Forte scored 20 and made all six of his three-point tries and Markel Brown added 18 points for the Cowboys (16-4, 4-3).
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Oklahoma State’s Le’Bryan Nash, who scored a career-high 29 points against West Virginia on Saturday, fouled out with eight points in 17 minutes.
It was the first time both teams have entered a “Bedlam” rivalry game ranked since 2005. The rematch is Feb. 15 at Oklahoma State.
“You saw two good teams out there tonight,” Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford said. “One played well, one didn’t.”
WASHINGTON – James Bell scored 16 points, and the ninth-ranked Villanova men beat Georgetown 65-60 in a messy, foul-plagued game.
The Wildcats (18-2, 7-1 Big East) moved into a tie with first-place Creighton in the conference.
Markel Starks scored 20 points for the Hoyas (11-9, 3-6).
No. 2 Irish prevail
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The second-ranked Notre Dame women lost a 22-point lead and had to scramble to beat No. 8 Maryland 87-83.
“If it’s possible to be disappointed after a (win), I’d say that’s how I’m feeling right now,” Fighting Irish coach Muffet McGraw said.
Jewell Loyd scored a career-high 31 points for the Irish (19-0, 6-0 Atlantic Coast).
Alyssa Thomas led Maryland (16-3, 4-2) with 29 points and 12 rebounds.
Eastern men lose
PORTLAND – Andre Winston Jr. scored 23 points as the Portland State men rallied to defeat Eastern Washington 92-83.
Winston, a graduate of Lakes High in Lakewood, started his college career at Washington State.
Ognjen Miljkovic scored 32 points for Eastern (8-11, 3-5 Big Sky), which was outscored 62-43 in the second half by the Vikings (9-8, 4-4).
• Gonzaga senior guard Haiden Palmer was selected the West Coast Conference women’s player of the week. She averaged 21.5 points and shot 54.5 percent in two road victories last week.
• The Gonzaga women (18-3) moved from 25th to 22nd in the Associated Press media poll.
• Meanwhile, the Gonzaga men dropped from 21st to 24th in the USA Today coaches poll. The Zags (18-3) are not among the AP Top 25 men’s teams.