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Freshmen Lead Sooners Past Frogs

Associated Press
By Associated Press

16/16 TCU
9/9 Oklahoma
Stat Comparison
Category TCU
Points 97 102
FGM-A 38-78 35-72
FG% .487 .486
3 FGM-A 12-33 19-33
3 FG% .364 .576
FTM-A 9-11 13-22
FT% .818 .591
Rebounds 40 41
Assists 14 20
Turnovers 13 16
Blocks 5 7
Steals 9 6
Individual Leaders
Category TCU OU
Points Fisher - 22 Young - 43
Rebounds Williams - 9 Young - 11
Assists Fisher - 5 Young - 7
Steals Two Players - 3 Lattin - 2
Blocks Brodziansky - 3 Lattin - 4

NORMAN (AP)— Trae Young scored 29 of his 43 points after halftime, and No. 9 Oklahoma defeated No. 16 TCU 102-97 in overtime on Saturday.

Young, the freshman who leads the nation in scoring and assists, also had 11 rebounds and seven assists. Brady Manek added 22 points for the Sooners (14-2, 4-1 Big 12), who made a school-record 19 3-pointers.

It was Young's second dominant performance against TCU this season. He had 39 points and 14 assists and made the game-winning free throws with 7 seconds left in a 90-89 win over the Horned Frogs on Dec. 30.

Jaylen Fisher had a career-high 22 points and Vlad Brodziansky added 21 for TCU (13-4, 1-4), which lost its second overtime game of the week. TCU lost to Texas in double-overtime on Wednesday after Fisher missed what would have been the go-ahead layup in the closing seconds.

TCU's losses are by a combined 11 points, and three have been in overtime.

Oklahoma led 49-47 at halftime. Manek scored 18 points and Young had 14 points, six rebounds and four assists. Brodziansky led TCU with 14 points in the first half as the Horned Frogs shot 53 percent.

A deep 3-pointer by Young helped push Oklahoma's lead to 57-52, but Brodziansky's putback jam tied it at 65.

Kameron McGusty banked in a 3-pointer late in the shot clock to push Oklahoma's lead back up to 70-65. TCU rallied, and back-to-back 3s by Brodziansky and Kouat Noi gave TCU a six-point lead with 5:26 remaining.

Young scored 11 points in a 3-minute span to help the Sooners tie the game at 85. Young found Christian James for a 3-pointer with 6 seconds remaining that gave the Sooners an 89-87 lead. Fisher's layup with 1.4 seconds left forced overtime.


TCU: The Horned Frogs are likely out of the hunt for the Big 12 title, but the schedule eases up a bit, and they have a chance to get some wins by the end of January.

Oklahoma: Young continues to make adjustments and dominate after halftime. It's another quality win for the Sooners, who are in the race for the conference title and a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.


• The Sooners are on the road in three of their next four games, starting with Tuesay's contest at Kansas State. The Sooners and Wildcats square off at 8 p.m. CT on ESPNU.

• The Sooners lead the all-time series, 107-98, but are 36-60 against the Wildcats in Manhattan. Kansas State has won five straight meetings inside Bramlage Coliseum with the last OU win in Manhattan coming on Jan. 28, 2012.

• Oklahoma head coach Lon Kruger is 5-7 against his alma mater while coaching the Sooners. In their most recent meeting, the Sooners won 81-51 at Lloyd Noble Center on Feb. 25, 2017.


• Trae Young became the first major conference player in the last 20 seasons to record a 40-plus points, 10-plus rebounds and 10 made 3-pointers in one game. Young is jus the second  Division I player since 2010 to accomplish the feat.

• Young's 10 3-pointers are tied for the third most by a player in a single game this season and one shy of tying the school record of 11 held by Brent Price. 

•  Young now holds the OU freshman record for assists with 160, passing Tommy Mason-Griffin. Young also ranks second on OU's freshman list with 68 made 3-pointers, fourth with 129 made free throws and sixth in total points with 481. 

• Oklahoma's 19 made 3-pointers set a school record, besting the previous mark of 17 (three times, MR: vs. Iowa State, 2016). 

• Brady Manek combined with Young to score 65 of OU's 102 points. The last time two Big 12 freshmen combined for 65+ points came in 2008 as Kansas State's Michael Beasley (44) and Bill Walker (31) combined for 75 points versus Baylor.

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