Chalk Up Another Win For KU: Jayhawks Take Down Sooners In Norma - News9.com - Oklahoma City, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports |

Chalk Up Another Win For KU: Jayhawks Take Down Sooners In Norman

Posted: Updated:
Norman -

For a moment it looked as if the Oklahoma-Kansas rematch would turn into the thriller we all watched at the beginning of January, but the Sooners failed to make a field goal in the last 2:52 of the game and watched KU celebrate a 76-72 victory inside of Lloyd Noble Center.

2/13/15 Related Story: Cowboys Escape Wildcats In Overtime Behind Newberry's Double-Double

Player of the year candidate Buddy Hield missed a game-tying free-throw attempt with 26 seconds left in the game, but it was Isaiah Cousins’ wildly contested miss from behind the arc with 14 seconds left that decided OU’s fate.

Lon Kruger’s squad didn’t do itself any favors early in the game, with KU jumping out to a 20-to-6 lead mostly due to the Sooners lack of three-point makes. OU began the game shooting 0-for-9 from behind the arc before Cousins finally ended that drought with 7:45 remaining in the first half.

Kansas (21-4) was dialed in defensively in the first half and KU head coach Bill Self assigned Devonte’ Graham the task of slowing down Hield, which turned out to be a tremendous decision. Graham made Hield work for everything he got, and limited the Bahamian senior to 0-for-6 shooting in the game’s first 20 minutes.

Despite Hield’s early struggles, Oklahoma was able to get back within five points at intermission after Christian James provided a spark off the bench late in the half.

OU came out of halftime firing on all cylinders, and both Cousins and Hield drained three-pointers which gave OU its first lead since the score was 2-0. OU looked like they would runaway not long after they got up 57-52, but Kansas had a run of their own on the horizon. The Jayhawks reeled off a 7-to-0 run to reclaim the lead and the momentum with 7:15 left.

Both teams battled down the stretch with Graham and Hield nailing one big shot after another while a sold out LNC watched in amazement. Unfortunately for the Sooners, Kansas was able to tighten up the defensive clamps, which was so pivotal in the first half, and forced the Sooners into making poor decisions in the game’s final few minutes.

After a poor first half, Hield shot 5-of-9 after the break and finished with 24 points and four rebounds, while Cousins added 21 points of his own. Jordan Woodard was the only other OU player in double-digits with 10 points, but the junior only shot 3-of-12 from the field.

Graham was incredible for KU on both ends of the floor, and the sophomore finished with 27 points on 8-of-13 shooting. That’s a pretty impressive stat line for a kid who had to expend so much energy defending Hield on the other end. Frank Mason III totaled 14 points while Perry Ellis notched 10 points and seven rebounds.

OU (20-4) will be back in action on Wednesday when they take on Texas Tech in Lubbock. 

Live Radar

WARN Interactive

More Sports

  • OSU Cowboys

    Get all your OSU Cowboys information from sports highlights to the latest news & videos.

  • OKC Thunder

    Thunder Up! Get the latest sports news, game highlights, videos and updates on the team.

  • TU Golden Hurricane

    Follow the TU Golden Hurricane! Get sports scores, news and highlights.

  • ORU Golden Eagles

    ORU Golden Eagles fans can find the latest news on the team, scores and video here!

  • SportsMore>>

  • Russell Westbrook: "This Is The Place I Want To Be"

    Russell Westbrook: "This Is The Place I Want To Be"

    The Oklahoma City Thunder held its media day Monday with no word on an extension for superstar Russell Westbrook.  

    More >>

    The Oklahoma City Thunder held its media day Monday with no word on an extension for superstar Russell Westbrook.  

    More >>
  • ESPN Insider Weighs In On Thunder Trades

    ESPN Insider Weighs In On Thunder Trades

    A trade deal that had been building up for months sparked headlines and heightened emotions across Oklahoma Saturday when the deal finally took place. 

    More >>

    A trade deal that had been building up for months sparked headlines and heightened emotions across Oklahoma Saturday when the deal finally took place. 

    More >>
  • Oklahoma Ford Sports Blitz: 9/25/17

    Oklahoma Ford Sports Blitz: 9/25/17

    This week on the Blitz Dean Blevins and John Holcomb discuss a variety of topics such as the Thunder trade-offs, how the Sooners played against Baylor and the latest college football rankings. Plus, Dean and John sat down with ESPN's, Royce Young, who weighed in on what the Thunder might expect with a new team dynamic. 

    More >>

    This week on the Blitz Dean Blevins and John Holcomb discuss a variety of topics such as the Thunder trade-offs, how the Sooners played against Baylor and the latest college football rankings. Plus, Dean and John sat down with ESPN's, Royce Young, who weighed in on what the Thunder might expect with a new team dynamic. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly
News 9
7401 N. Kelley Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73111
News9.com is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 KWTV. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.