STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Buddy Hield had missed his last four shots, and his Oklahoma Sooners were struggling to get over the hump against scrappy, undermanned Oklahoma State.
The Sooners' leading scorer fearlessly hit two 3-pointers late — one to tie the game and the other to give his team the lead for good — as Oklahoma defeated the Cowboys 77-74 on Saturday afternoon to sweep the season series against its rival.
Hield, who finished with 22 points, said he didn't hesitate when it was time to take the big shots, even though he had made just 6 of 16 in the game before the two big threes and he was coming off a 1-for-13 shooting effort against Texas Tech.
"The coaches and my teammates keep telling me to shoot the ball," Hield said. "I've been shooting the ball all my life. It's not like I'm going to stop."
Oklahoma State's Markel Brown missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer that would have forced overtime. The Sooners had tried to foul before Oklahoma State had a chance at the final shot, and Brown, who finished with 26 points, gave Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger an uneasy feeling as the seconds ticked away.
"I didn't like, when Brown was rising up to shoot that one — I didn't like the feeling I had because he's a great player," Kruger said.
Frank Booker scored a season-high 15 points, Tyler Neal scored 13 and Ryan Spangler added 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Sooners (19-7, 8-5 Big 12), who were desperate for a win after losing three of their previous four. The Sooners were coming off a 68-60 loss to Texas Tech during which they posted a season-low point total.
Brown led Oklahoma State (16-9, 4-8) with 26 points. Phil Forte scored 16 points, Le'Bryan Nash scored 15 and Kamari Murphy had seven points and 13 rebounds for the Cowboys, who lost their sixth straight game. It was Oklahoma State's second game without Marcus Smart, the preseason All-America guard who was suspended for three games after shoving Texas Tech fan Jeff Orr.
Spangler said Oklahoma State played well without its star.
"I think he gets them going, but the guys for them today stepped up," Spangler said. "Everybody for them was hitting shots and they were just as hard to guard. He's a great player, but they were good today, too."
Oklahoma led 71-68 in the final minute when Forte missed a 3-pointer. OU's Jordan Woodard made two free throws to make it a five-point game with 30.6 seconds left. Brown's 3-pointer got the lucky bounce and went in to trim the Sooners' lead to 73-71.