Hield, OU bounce back in Bedlam

OU guard Buddy Hield

OU pulled off the season sweep of Bedlam with a gritty 77-74 victory at Gallagher-Iba Arena

STILLWATER, Okla. – One of the questions heading into Round 2 of Bedlam between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State was going to be the mindset of OU sophomore guard Buddy Hield.

Hield was coming off the worst game of his career in an upset loss Wednesday. The Sooners were going to need him to shake it off and move on.

He did that and then some as Hield hit two crucial three-pointers down the stretch to help propel the Sooners to a 77-74 victory against the Cowboys on Saturday afternoon in front of 10,070 fans at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

OU trailed 68-65 with under two minutes left when Hield his fourth 3-pointer of the game to tie with 1:48 left. Following an OSU miss and OU timeout, Hield gave the Sooners a lead they would not relinquish with his fifth and final three of the game with 1:06 left.

"My teammates, my coaches just kept telling me to shoot the ball," Hield said. "Coach drew up two good plays, and we were able to execute as a team."

Hield finished with a team-high 22 points and was back to normal. Hield was 1-of-13 from the floor in OU's loss against Texas Tech on Wednesday. He never got down on himself, and the encouragement from his teammates and coaches certainly helped.

OU guards Je'lon Hornbeak and Jordan Woodard were a perfect 6 of 6 from the free throw line in the final minute to secure the victory. The Sooners were 15-of-21 from the line for the game and 10 of 11 in the second half.

The Sooners (19-7, 8-5) wouldn't have been in a spot to make a late surge if not for freshman guard Frank Booker. He scored a career-high 15 points and was 4-of-6 on his 3-point field goal attempts.

Despite it being his first time playing in Stillwater, he felt fine.

"It was nothing different," Booker said. "I knew I just had to come in and play my role and be ready to do whatever was needed."

Booker wasn't the only big bench contributor as senior Tyler Neal scored 11 of his 13 points in the first half.

Continuing the bounce back theme was the play of forward Ryan Spangler. After two disappointing outings, Spangler was back to his usual self with 12 points and 13 rebounds.

OSU got a spirited effort from its undermanned bunch, and Markel Brown finished with a game-high 26 points. But down the stretch the Cowboys faltered after having a 67-62 lead with 3:19 left in the game.

The win was sorely needed for OU, who entered the game having lost three of its last four. The Sooners have a week off before welcoming Kansas State to Norman next Saturday.

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