“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.”