Friday, November 17, 2017

Hield puts Sooners on back, prevents upset


BATON ROUGE, La. — Oklahoma senior Buddy Hield has taken plenty of shots in crunch time. He could not have looked more comfortable letting it fly again while his team roared back from a double-digit deficit in front of a packed, hostile and fully wound-up crowd.

Hield made 7 of 8 3-pointers in the second half and scored 32, Isaiah Cousins hit a go-ahead jumper with four seconds left and No. 1 Oklahoma overcame a 14-point deficit to escape with a 77-75 victory over LSU on Saturday in the Big 12/SEC Challenge.

"That's all confidence," Hield said of his late flourish, which came after he had made 1 of 5 3s. "My teammates keep lifting me up, even when I start off missing the first two of the second half. They find me in good spots and I was able to knock down good, rhythm shots."

LSU freshman sensation Ben Simmons had his share of highlights in a 14-point performance, including a memorable driving reverse dunk. But he had trouble even getting his hands on the ball in the last 10 minutes.

LSU coach Johnny Jones emphasized the experience factor when explaining why the Tigers struggled to stop Hield, who scored at least 30 for the eighth time this season.

"He just made some huge plays out there (Saturday) that were needed to put his team in position to win, and that's what veteran guys do," Jones said.

Cousins finished with 18 points, and Ryan Spangler had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Sooners (18-2).

JAYHAWKS OUTLAST 'CATS: Wayne Selden scored a career-high 33, seven in overtime, and fourth-ranked Kansas beat No. 20 Kentucky 90-84 in the Big 12/SEC Challenge. The host Jayhawks (17-4) snapped a three-game losing streak to the Wildcats (16-5) by winning their 35th straight at Allen Fieldhouse. Kentucky built an eight-point lead midway through the second half before Kansas switched to a zone defense and came back.

NO. 2 UNC 89, BC 62: Brice Johnson had 17 points and 11 rebounds as the host Tar Heels (19-2, 8-0 ACC) shook off a slow start en route to their 12th straight win.

NO. 5 TEXAS A&M 72, NO. 14 IOWA ST. 62: Danuel House had 20 points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer late in the second half that sent the host Aggies (18-3) past the Cyclones (16-5) in the Big 12/SEC Challenge. Texas A&M trailed 58-56 before House's 3 with about four minutes left.

NO. 7 XAVIER 86, DEPAUL 65: Trevon Bluiett had 15 points for the visiting Musketeers (19-2, 7-2 Big East), who used a 29-5 burst spanning the halves to pull away and win their third straight.

NO. 10 PROVIDENCE 73, G'TOWN 69: Ben Bentil and Kris Dunn scored 26 each as the visiting Friars (18-4, 6-3 Big East) held off several second-half charges.

NO. 11 UVA 63, NO. 16 L'VILLE 47: Malcolm Brogdon and Anthony Gill scored 13 each, and the visiting Cavaliers (17-4, 6-3 ACC) won their fourth straight. The Cardinals (17-4, 6-2) committed 18 turnovers.

NO. 13 SMU 80, MEMPHIS 68: Nic Moore scored 22 and the host Mustangs (19-1, 8-1 AAC) rebounded from their first loss.

N.C. STATE 85, NO. 15 MIAMI 69: Anthony "Cat" Barber had 30 points for the Wolfpack (12-10, 2-7 ACC), which won its first home game of 2016. The Hurricanes (16-4, 5-3) never could dig themselves out of a first-half hole.

NO. 17 BAYLOR 83, GEORGIA 73: Rico Gathers had 17 points and nine rebounds, and the host Bears (17-4) used a 17-2 run to start the second half to pull away in the Big 12/SEC Challenge.

NO. 18 ARIZONA 80, OREGON ST. 63: Gabe York made six 3-pointers and scored 24, both career highs, and the host Wildcats (17-5, 5-4 Pac-12) bounced back from a rare home loss.

NO. 19 INDIANA 74, MINN. 68: Thomas Bryant had a career-high 23 points for the host Hoosiers (18-4, 8-1 Big Ten), who blew a 16-point second-half lead.

NO. 21 PURDUE 89, NEB. 74: A.J. Hammons had a career-best 32 points and added 11 rebounds for the host Boilermakers (19-4, 7-3 Big Ten).

B-CU 88, FAMU 56: Mario Moody scored a career-high 25 as the visiting Wildcats (7-15, 4-4 MEAC) routed the Rattlers (6-14, 2-5).

ECKERD 69, FLA. TECH 56: Kevin Walsh had 18 points and seven rebounds for the visiting Tritons (18-3, 9-1 Sunshine State), who bounced back from their first conference loss.

SAINT LEO 89, FLA. SOUTHERN 86: Marcus Dewberry had a season-high 35 points, including a jump shot with 1:05 left that put the visiting Lions (14-7, 7-4 SSC) ahead for good.

OBITUARY: Kenny Sailors, the Hall of Famer credited by some with being the first to use the modern jump shot, died in Laramie, Wyo. He was 95. He led Wyoming to the 1943 NCAA title and was national player of the year and most outstanding player of that NCAA Tournament.


NO. 1 UCONN 83, MEMPHIS 40: Breanna Stewart scored 19 to lead the host Huskies in Hartford. Connecticut (20-0, 10-0 AAC) won its 57th straight game and earned its 23rd straight 20-win season.

NO. 4 BAYLOR 71, NO. 24 W. VA. 61: Alexis Jones had 20 points, and the visiting Bears (21-1, 8-1 Big 12) swept the season series with the Mountaineers (16-6, 5-4).

NO. 5 MARYLAND 86, INDIANA 63: Shatori Walker-Kimbrough had 16 points and fueled a third-quarter run that carried the host Terrapins (19-2, 8-1 Big Ten) to their seventh straight win.

NO. 6 TEXAS 66, KANSAS ST. 51: Kelsey Lang scored 10 off the bench as star Imani Boyette sat out with foul trouble for the visiting Longhorns (20-1, 9-1 Big 12).

NO. 21 OKLA. 77, IOWA ST. 71: Peyton Little, Gabbi Ortiz and Maddie Manning scored 13 each to lead the visiting Sooners (15-5, 6-3 Big 12).

FLA. TECH 62, ECKERD 55: Margaret Sundberg had 15 points for the visiting Tritons (10-8, 5-5 Sunshine State), who scored four in the second quarter.

FLA. SOUTHERN 67, SAINT LEO 53: Chelsy Springs had a career-high 28 points for the visiting Lions (4-16, 1-10 SSC), who lost their seventh straight.

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