Hield, No. 6 Sooners beat TCU 75-67 in regular-season finale
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Buddy Hield scored 21 points in his final regular-season game for Oklahoma, and the sixth-ranked Sooners beat TCU 75-67 on Saturday.
The nation’s second-leading scorer was 7 of 12 from the field with a team-high six rebounds as the Sooners (24-6, 12-6 Big 12) clinched at least the No. 3 seed in next week’s Big 12 tournament. They would be the second seed behind Kansas with a West Virginia loss at Baylor.
Jordan Woodard scored 13 points and Ryan Spangler had 11 points and five rebounds to help Oklahoma improve to 18-2 all-time against TCU.
Brandon Parrish scored 20 points for the Horned Frogs (11-20, 2-16), who have three 20-loss seasons and an 8-64 regular-season record in the Big 12 in four years under coach Trent Johnson.
TCU had a chance to tie with Chris Washburn at the line with 7:28 remaining, but Washburn’s air ball led to a 3-pointer by Dinjiyl Walker at the other end. Hield then hit a runner across the lane and a 3-pointer for a 60-52 lead.
The Sooners were lethargic early, committing seven turnovers in the first eight minutes, falling behind 16-8 and never pulling away from a last-place team coming off a 25-point loss at Kansas State.
Hield’s first points of the game on a 3 started Oklahoma’s recovery, followed by another from long range by Woodard. The teams traded the lead for the rest of the first half, capped by two free throws from Dante Buford with 1:37 left to give Oklahoma 31-30 halftime advantage.
The Sooners didn’t trail in the second half but were only up five when Isaiah Cousins hit a 3 with a little more than three minutes left and made two free throws to push the lead back to 10.
Spangler made all three of his 3-pointers and Hield was 3 of 8 as the nation’s No. 3 team in shooting from behind the arc made 11 of 22. The Horned Frogs, the worst-shooting team in the Big 12, were at 43 percent overall and went 6 for 21 from long range.
Chauncey Collins had 12 points for TCU, but was 2 of 8 from 3-point range.
Oklahoma: Hield, Woodard, Spangler and Cousins started their 98th straight game together, covering every game the past three seasons. ... Cousins had 10 points and a game-high six assists. He was 7 of 8 on free throws.
TCU: The pregame senior day ceremony was quick. Devonta Abron is the only senior on a roster that includes two freshmen and four sophomores ... The scoreboard went about a minute and a half with the wrong score early in the second half after missing a basket by TCU’s Vladimir Brodziansky, who scored 10 points.
Oklahoma: Big 12 tournament quarterfinals Thursday.
TCU: Texas Tech in first round of Big 12 tournament Wednesday.