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

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.”

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
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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