Sooners Win Regular Season Finale Over TCU Behind Hield's 21 Points
FORT WORTH, Texas - In a sluggish Saturday afternoon road game, No. 6 Oklahoma displayed the necessary poise down the stretch to finish off TCU 75-67 in Fort Worth.
OU’s late-game execution was refreshing to watch in the win over the Horned Frogs, seeing the Sooners were 4-4 in their last eight games due mostly to their lack of stability when the game matters most.
With 3:17 left in the game and OU holding onto a narrow five-point lead, Isaiah Cousins—who was without a field goal at that point in the game— launched and drained a clutch 3-pointer put the Sooners up 65-57. Shortly after a pair of free throws from Cousins on the next OU possession, he was back in action making plays for his team.
The point guard grabbed a rebound off a TCU miss and immediately pushed the ball up the floor in transition, where Cousins found a streaking Ryan Spangler who finished the layup to put OU up 12 points. All in less than a minute, Cousins led the Sooners on a 7-to-0 run to put the game away and seal the OU win.
Things fell in line for the Sooners down the stretch, but that wasn’t the case early on.
TCU scored the first six points of the game, and held a sizable lead throughout the first eight minutes while OU had already committed seven turnovers. OU eventually got it together, and a Buddy Hield 3-pointer with 9:17 left in the first half gave OU its first lead of the game and the Sooners took that one-point lead into intermission.
Oklahoma roared out of the gates in the second half with a 9-to-2 run, and never relinquished the lead as they improved to 24-6 on the season and 12-6 in Big 12 play.
Hield led the Sooners with 21 points, while Jordan Woodard (13), Spangler (11) and Cousins (10) all scored in double figures. Another bright spot throughout the game was the play of freshman Dante Buford, who tallied six points while bringing much needed energy off the bench.
TCU’s Brandon Parrish gave the Sooners headaches all game and finished with a team-high 20 points while Chauncey Collins added 12 points.
Oklahoma will be back in action at the Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City next week. OU will be the No. 3 seed and will play at 8 p.m. on Thursday against Iowa State.