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In brief: Durant guides way as Oklahoma City shuts down Miami

NHL: Kevin Durant scored 29 points on 12-for-21 shooting, Russell Westbrook added 18 and Oklahoma City frustrated Miami’s offense all night on the way to a 96-85 victory over the Heat in Miami. Oklahoma City shot just 40 percent, but it didn’t matter as the Heat were held to 38.5 percent shooting.

Full throttle

Offense, defense, rebounding, passing. The Gonzaga Bulldogs pretty much had every phase of the game covered en route to a convincing 73-52 win over Oklahoma State on Friday at the McCarthey Athletic Center. The Bulldogs’ fifth straight win was fueled by Elias Harris’ season-high 22 points, Rob Sacre’s 16 points and career-best 15 rebounds and Steven Gray’s 10 points and six assists. Gonzaga (9-5) handled the physical Cowboys (11-2) on the boards 44-32.

Sooners beat Cowboys, force Big 12 South logjam

STILLWATER, Okla. – Landry Jones matched the school record with 468 yards passing and threw two long touchdown passes in a wild finish to the Bedlam game as No. 14 Oklahoma beat No. 10 Oklahoma State 47-41 on Saturday night to forge a three-way tie atop the Big 12 South. Jones threw an 86-yard touchdown pass to Cameron Kenney then answered Justin Gilbert’s kickoff return score for Oklahoma State (10-2, 6-2 Big 12) with a 76-yarder to James Hanna 29 seconds later as the Sooners (10-2, 6-2) survived to likely earn a spot in the Big 12 title game.

Cowboys exploit Texas A&M turnovers

STILLWATER, Okla. – Shaun Lewis intercepted Jerrod Johnson’s pass in the final seconds and Dan Bailey kicked a 40-yard field goal as time expired to lift Oklahoma State to a 38-35 victory over Texas A&M on Thursday night. Johnson turned the ball over five times, including a key fumble that led to a Cowboys touchdown in the fourth quarter and his fourth interception that Lewis returned 28 yards to set up the winner.

Cougars have taken Tackling 101, but haven’t passed test yet

PULLMAN – If there was one thing everyone agreed on following Washington State’s shocking 65-17 season-opening loss at Oklahoma State it was that the Cougars’ tackling was ... well, let them describe it. “We were horrible, we were absolutely terrible,” said coach Paul Wulff.

Stunned Cougars move on

PULLMAN – It was a confused company of Washington State University players who entered the media room in Gallagher-Iba Arena on Saturday night. They had just been steamrolled 65-17 by Oklahoma State before 48,962 next door in Boone Pickens Stadium. The butt-kicking was as unexpected as it was thorough.

WSU’s season-opening drubbing has familiar feel

STILLWATER, Okla. – The first play was a simple run designed to go around right end, a way to ease into the season. But running back James Montgomery and quarterback Jeff Tuel couldn’t make connections. The ball came free. And Oklahoma State’s Ugo Chimasa pounced on it at Washington State University’s 15-yard line.

Blanchette: Time has run out on ‘We’ll be better’ slogans

STILLWATER, Okla. – Is it already time to reconsider the “Maybe it won’t be as bad as we think” season of Washington State football? Hey, it’s always good to be reminded that even hedged expectations can go unfulfilled.

Vince Grippi’s Keys to the Game

What went right Washington State freshman wide receiver Marquess Wilson showed what all the fuss was about in fall camp. The 6-foot-3, 173-pounder from Tulare, Calif., made his first appearance midway through the first quarter. His best catch and run came with 10 minutes left before the half. Jeff Tuel found him in a seam on the left sideline, he made the catch, cut inside to avoid the safety and finished off a 48-yard touchdown reception.