Oklahoma basketball notebook: Sooners' Je'lon Hornbeak heats up in OU's win over TCU

Je'lon Hornbeak hit a jumper early in the first half and finishing 4 of 5 from the field with 10 points in the Sooners' 77-69 win.
by Ryan Aber Published: January 22, 2014

Since hitting a first-half 3-pointer against Iowa State on Jan. 11, Oklahoma sophomore guard Je'lon Hornbeak has struggled from the field.

Going into Wednesday night's home game against TCU, Hornbeak had missed 10 consecutive field-goal tries.

But it didn't take him long to get going against the Horned Frogs, hitting a jumper early in the first half and finishing 4 of 5 from the field with 10 points in the Sooners' 77-69 win.

“I was just looking to stay consistent,” Hornbeak said. “I've been in the gym and I knew my time would come; staying in the gym and putting up shots.

“The first one went down and you get a little confidence after that. … I just kept attacking and the ball just fell in for me.”

While Hornbeak hadn't been making his shots recently, Sooners coach Lon Kruger has trusted him to run the point late in tight games since his Jan. 4 return from a broken foot.

Hornbeak played the final 3:33 Wednesday, running the point in place of starter Jordan Woodard.

“I thought Je'lon had a good feel for what he was needing to do offensively,” Kruger said. “We'd be just as comfortable with Jordan in there and Je'lon at the two but different nights, different guys have got stuff going.

by Ryan Aber
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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