Bedlam basketball: Buddy Hield keeps shooting until he hits key 3-pointers in Sooners' victory

Until the final two minutes, Buddy Hield was just 3 of 13 from outside the paint before his two 3-pointers vaulted the Sooners (19-7, 8-5) to the win.
by Ryan Aber Published: February 15, 2014

— Buddy Hield wasn't about to stop putting up shots.

Not after he went 1 of 13 from the floor in a game a few days ago and certainly not after his 3-pointer that could've put Oklahoma ahead with less than 2:30 remaining Saturday against Oklahoma State missed the mark.

Hield kept shooting and he finally connected, hitting a 3-pointer to tie the game with just under two minutes remaining and drilling another 42 seconds later to put the Sooners up for good as Oklahoma swept Bedlam for the first time since 2009 with a 77-74 win in front of 10,070 at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

“I've been shooting the ball all my life so I'm not going to stop,” Hield said. “I had some great looks in the Tech game, they just didn't go down. But the coaching staff, my family and everybody is giving me confidence shooting the ball. I came out confident and was able to hit some big shots.”

Hield might've come out confident but until that point, he hadn't had much success away from the basket.

After making just 1 of 13 from the floor in a 68-60 home loss to Texas Tech on Wednesday, and going just 1 of 10 from behind the 3-point line, Hield didn't have much better luck for stretches of Saturday's game.

Until the final two minutes, Hield was just 3 of 13 from outside the paint before the two threes vaulted the Sooners (19-7, 8-5) to the win.

On the first, Ryan Spangler set a screen that freed Hield for the open look.

Hield had to work a bit more for the second one.

“I thought his patience on the second one was really key,” Sooners coach Lon Kruger said. “He could've rushed a guarded shot but he pump-faked and took his time and shot it with good rhythm.”

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by Ryan Aber
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Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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