Big game for Buddy as Sooners advance to Final Four

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Oklahoma senior guard Buddy Hield matched an OU NCAA Tournament record with 37 points and hit eight three-pointers to lead the Sooners past Oregon 80-68 in the West Regional Final at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, on Saturday, March 26.

The win clinched OU's fifth Final Four appearance and first since 2002.

The Sooners never trailed in the game, and made 9 of 14 shots from three point range in the first half to build a 19-point lead, and then took an 18 point margin to halftime at 48-30.

Hield hit five of his eight three's in the first half and had 17 points at the break.

OU went on a pair of 7-0 runs and held the Ducks scoreless for over 5 minutes in building their lead.

Oklahoma dominated the glass in the first half, outrebounding Oregon 23-10.

The Sooners didn't play or shoot as well in the second half, but still never let Oregon get closer than 12 points.

OU only made three baskets in the final 10:14 of the game, with all of them from Hield.

One was a dunk off a steal, then a pair of three pointers in the final 5 and a half minutes to seal the win.

The Sooners made 11-14 from the free throw line in the second half to seal their 29th win on the year and stop the Ducks' 11-game winning streak.

Hield's 37 points moved him into second place on both the OU and Big 12 career scoring lists.

He passed both Tim McCalister, then Jeff Webster for second on the school list, and surpassed Texas Tech's Andre Emmett on the Big 12 list.

Hield's 37 points tied Stacey King's school NCAA Tournament  single game scoring record set against Auburn in 1988.

His eight made 3-pointers broke the school's NCAA Tournament record of seven held by Dave Sieger against Kansas in 1988 and McCalister vs. Iowa in 1987.

Hield was 13 of 20 from the field  and 8 for 13 from three point range, making 8 of OU's 12 three's as a team.

Jordan Woodard added 13 points and hit a pair of three pointers and Isaiah Cousins had 11 points and knocked down two treys as well.

Cousins scored 8 straight points in the first half to help the Sooners widen the lead to the biggest margin of 19 late in the first half.

Woodard's three's came back to back to give OU their first double digit lead of the game midway through the first half and the Sooners never led by fewer than 10 the rest of the game.

Oklahoma held Oregon to 39 percent field goal shooting and the Ducks were just 4 for 21 from three point range.

Oregon's season ended at 31-7, one win away from their first Final Four since they won the first NCAA  Tournament in 1939, beating Oklahoma in the national semifinals that year.

OU will play Villanova in this year's national semfinals in Houston, Texas, on Saturday, April 2.

The winner of that game will advance to the national championship game on Monday, April 4.

 

 

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