STILLWATER — 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.”
Spangler also played a key role on the second one, decoying before Hield's defender ran with him right into a screen set by Cam Clark.
“If he's getting shots, I think our whole team just gets confidence and starts hitting shots,” Spangler said of Hield. “Last week, Texas Tech took us out of everything but it didn't help that Buddy wasn't hitting shots. When he hits shots, he gets confidence, people have to guard him more and other people are able to hit shots.”
Hield finished with a team-high 22 points on 8-of-18 shooting.
It was the bench that helped the Sooners stay close enough for Hield's heroics to make a difference.
Tyler Neal had 11 of his 13 points in the second half, Frank Booker set a career high with 15 points and Je'lon Hornbeak made some critical free throws late to help the Sooners hold on.
Oklahoma's bench outscored the Cowboys' 34-1. It was the best bench scoring effort for the Sooners since the group scored 36 in the second game of the season against North Texas.
“We had a little run there in the first half when we got some threes in transition, some shots in transition, but otherwise, it was a big grinder,” Kruger said. “Guys have won games like that all year, just hanging in there and making some good plays, late big shots late.”