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OU men's basketball notebook: Buddy Hield helps Sooners avoid upset loss to Oklahoma Christian

Sooners came back from a halftime deficit to beat the Eagles 88-76 in front of 2,703 fans at McCasland Field House.
by Ryan Aber Published: November 4, 2013

HIELD HELPS SOONERS AVOID UPSET

Sophomore guard Buddy Hield said the Sooners got their “mojo” back after a sluggish first half Monday night in Oklahoma's exhibition basketball finale against Oklahoma Christian at McCasland Field House.

Hield certainly did.

The Sooners, with the help of a big stretch from Hield in the first 10 minutes of the second, came back from a halftime deficit to beat the Eagles 88-76 in front of 2,703.

“We can't wait until the second half to jump on teams,” Hield said.

Hield scored 12 of his game-high 29 points during a seven-minute stretch in the second where the Sooners outscored OC 27-9 to take control.

Hield was 10 of 13 from the floor and 5 of 7 from behind the 3-point line.

Oklahoma trailed 41-38 at the break after Willie Harper drained a 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer.

“If we're going to have the type of season we want to have, we have to win the loose balls, we have to win the 50-50 balls, (and) be long on the intangibles,” Sooners coach Lon Kruger said. “I thought Oklahoma Christian did a much better job of that in the first half.”

The Sooners hit their first seven shots after halftime to take over.

Harper had 24, hitting four 3-pointers, to lead Oklahoma Christian.

WOODARD MAKING MOST OF CHANCE

Freshman guard Jordan Woodard started for the second consecutive game and was solid again.

He was 5 for 9 from the floor, hitting three 3-pointers to finish with 17 points.

Woodard also had six assists with just one turnover.

The Sooners had 20 assists, with 15 coming from Woodard, Hield (five) and Je'lon Hornbeak (four).

COUSINS CLOSE, BENNETT PROGRESSING

Sophomore guard Isaiah Cousins missed the game with an ankle injury that he suffered late in the first half of Saturday's exhibition win.

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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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