Fast Start Leads Sooners Past Kansas State

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Oklahoma's second-ranked men's basketball team got off to a hot start then coasted to an 86-76 win over Kansas State on Saturday, January 9, at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman.

The Sooners started the game on a 15-2 run and made 10 of their first 13 shots to build a 21-point lead at 42-21.

K-State finished the first half with a 12-0 run to cut the OU lead to nine at halftime, 44-35.

The Wildcats hung around most of the rest of the game, but the Sooners held on to win, led by Buddy Hield's game high 31 points.

Hield hit 11 of 14 from the field and 6 of 8 from three-point range, and added 8 rebounds and 5 assists.

Three other Sooners were in double figures in scoring, with Jordan Woodard scoring 19, Ryan Spangler 14, and Khadeem Lattin a double double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

OU shot 57 percent from the field for the game and held K-State to just 38 percent.

The Sooners may have won by more if not for committing 20 turnovers.

OU made 11 of 19 from three-point range.

The Sooners improved to 13-1 overall, 2-1 in conference play.

K-State had won five of the last six meetings between the teams, including a sweep of OU last season.

Oklahoma will next play Oklahoma State in the first Bedlam game of the season on Wednesday at 8:00 pm at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater.


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