Feb 15, 2014, 4:33 PM EDT
Oklahoma earned a critical sweep over in-state rival Oklahoma State on Saturday as the Sooners escaped Stillwater with a 77-74 Big 12 win.
Buddy Hield struggled to find his shot for much of the second half but nailed two critical three-pointers with under three minutes remaining to make the game close and then put Oklahoma ahead for good as he finished with 22 points.
The Sooners (19-7, 8-5) swept the Bedlam series on the regular season as the Cowboys (16-9, 4-8) lost their fifth straight game as Marcus Smart sat for his second consecutive game.
Oklahoma had four players in double-figures in the contest as they shot 12-for-29 from three-point range. Frank Booker (15 points) also had a solid contribution from the perimeter while Tyler Neal (13 points) and Ryan Spangler (12 points) played well at the forward.
Oklahoma State played well despite its depleted backcourt as Markel Brown (26 points and Phil Forte (16 points) both stepped up but they didn’t have enough firepower to hold off a Sooners’ potent perimeter attack.
Oklahoma really needed this win as their upcoming schedule in the Big 12 gets very tough from here. Oklahoma State’s freefall continues and they need to just get some momentum going as we head towards the postseason.
- Duncan Robinson, of D-III Williams College, considering transfer to Michigan, Davidson 0
- UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion flooded after water main break on Sunset Boulevard (PHOTOS/VIDEOS) 0
- John Calipari’s return to Kentucky ‘solely’ due to loyalty to his players 2
- The other side of the July live period: Recruits continue to strive for attention and offers 0
- Seven takeaways from AAU Nationals and Super Showcase 0
- Seven takeaways from Las Vegas for the final AAU weekend of 2014 0
- One college coach’s unique connection to the Peach Jam 0
- Marcus Foster still hasn’t forgotten, or forgiven, those pulled scholarships (3)
- Two surprises after first cuts at Team USA U17 trials (3)
- Top 15 recruit Antonio Blakeney has made the ‘jump’ — literally — to elite status (2)
- The latest allegations against Doug Wojcik involve a physical confrontation (2)
- John Calipari’s return to Kentucky ‘solely’ due to loyalty to his players (2)