NORMAN, Okla. Sporting Alert – Buddy Hield scored 17 points to lead No. 1 Oklahoma to a 95-72 victory over TCU in a Big 12 college basketball game on Tuesday night.
Hield, who is averaging 26.2 points per game this season, was held well below that marker, but it didn’t stop his team from dominating as the Sooners (19-2, 7-2 Big 12) secured their fourth straight win.
The nation’s second-leading scorer, who scored 32 points against LSU and 30 against Texas Tech, was 7 of 13 from the field in shooting, while making 3 of his 8 3-point attempts.
Hield, one of the leading candidates for the national player of the year award, was watched by Oklahoma City Thunder star forward Kevin Durant.
The senior forward revealed that he wasn’t trying to impress the NBA star, he just wanted to finish with a win.
“It’s cool for him coming in here and showing support and supporting the city, especially with us ranked No. 1,” Hield told reporters.
“KD’s one of the guys I really look up to when I watch the NBA, so it’s kind of cool him being out here.”
He added: “I wasn’t trying to impress anybody, just being myself, but it was a good team win.
“I couldn’t get as many buckets as him (Durant), but I was just trying to get the win and get out of here.”
Meanwhile, Jordan Woodard scored 14 points, Isaiah Cousins collected 13 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists and Ryan Spangler added 11 points and 11 rebounds for Oklahoma, which shot 50.8 percent from the floor and outrebounded TCU 41-33.
The Sooners led 52-33 at half time.
“I thought we got off to a good start moving the ball, attacking,” Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said.
“We got downhill and made a lot of plays for each other.”
Vladimir Brodziansky led the Horned Frogs (10-12, 1-8) with 17 points and eight rebounds off the bench while Chris Washburn added 15 points, four rebounds and four steals for TCU which lost its sixth straight conference game.
Malique Trent ended with 12 points and six boards for the Horned Frogs, who shot 41 percent from the floor and continue to sit last in the Big 12 standings.
“We weren’t very good tonight,” TCU coach Trent Johnson said. “But they had everything to do with that. It’s a good basketball team.
“They put a lot of pressure on you to be really good offensively. One of my concerns going into this thing — if you shoot it quick and you don’t execute on offense, that leads to great offense for them, and obviously, they shoot well.”
College Basketball Scores and Results
Tuesday, February 3
No. 1 Oklahoma 95, TCU 72
DEPAUL 77, No. 11 PROVIDENCE 70
No. 14 WEST VIRGINIA 81, No. 13 IOWA STATE 76
TENNESSEE 84, No. 20 KENTUCKY 77
No. 22 INDIANA 80, MICHIGAN 67
GEORGIA 69, No. 25 SOUTH CAROLINA 56