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OU basketball: Buddy Hield, Cam Clark come up big in second half

The Sooners' run really got going when Hield broke free from Baylor's zone, drained a 3-pointer to put OU ahead for the first time since the opening half.
by Ryan Aber Published: January 19, 2014

That's why Hield is fighting through his latest foot ailment.

Hield missed time last season after breaking his foot in February and then was forced to sit out of the preseason trip to Belgium and France after aggravating the injury in practice.

Late in the first half of the win over Iowa State on Jan. 11, Hield was stepped on by the Cyclones' DeAndre Kane.

Although Hield is wearing a boot at times off the court, he insists it's fine.

“We're trying to figure out what it is, but it's not a big deal,” Hield said before the Baylor game. “Doctors said I could play through it.”

Hield said X-rays had been negative, and it was likely a bone bruise.

The sophomore guard admitted he was somewhat worried about the injury, but he put it out of his mind on the court.

In the loss at Kansas State and in the first half against Baylor, Hield went a combined 5 of 19 from the floor before hitting a layup early in the second half Saturday.

“I'm always a confident shooter,” Hield said. “My teammates are always encouraging me to take shots. Fortunately in the second half I got a little spurt going.”