Oklahoma Sooners fight through early woes to put away TCU, 75-67

OU matches single-season victory high under Kruger with its 24th win of the year

A Saturday in Ft. Worth, Texas provided no relief to the Oklahoma Sooners, who yet again struggled with self-inflicted turnovers and an inability to put a team away. Even playing Big 12 cellar dweller TCU, which had won just two conference games, Oklahoma looked like a team stumbling into the postseason.

Once a team that looked almost-invincible by winning 19 of its first 21 games, the Oklahoma Sooners defeated TCU, 75-67, but committed 17 turnovers and allowed the Horned Frogs to stick around long enough to turn the game into a late free-throw shooting contest.

Oklahoma went 4-for-5 from the free-throw line in the final 90 seconds after having multiple double-digit leads erased. The Sooners averaged a turnover every 70 seconds through the first seven minutes but started off 4-for-6 from behind the arc.

Still, Oklahoma (24-6, 11-6 Big 12) beat TCU for the sixth-straight time and for the seventh time in the last eight games. The Sooners also matched a single-season high for wins under coach Lon Kruger – with the postseason still in play.

TCU (11-20, 2-16) allowed Oklahoma to hit double-digit 3-pointers (11-for-22) for the 20th time this season, setting a new school record.

Buddy Hield led four players in double figures for Oklahoma with 21 points. Jordan Woodard scored 10, and Ryan Spangler added 11 – nine in the first half. Isaiah Cousins hit just one field goal and took a season-low three shots, but he still finished with 10 points and six assists.

Oklahoma got 16 points from its bench, tied for the most since the Sooners’ Feb. 2 victory against TCU.

Up next is the Big 12 Championship in Kansas City, where the Sooners will be the No. 3 seed and open plays against No. 6 Iowa State in the quarterfinals.


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