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Hield scores 31 as No. 2 Oklahoma beats Kansas State 86-76

Buddy Hield

Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield (24) dribbles the basketball up court in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Harvard at the Diamond Head Classic, Friday, Dec. 25, 2015, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)


NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Buddy Hield scored 31 points to help No. 2 Oklahoma beat Kansas State 86-76 on Saturday.

Hield followed his 46-point effort in Monday’s triple-overtime loss to No. 1 Kansas by making 11 of 14 shots, including 6 of 8 3-pointers. It was his eighth straight game with at least 20 points and his sixth this season with at least 30.

Jordan Woodard scored 19 points and Khadeem Lattin added 10 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks for the Sooners (13-1, 2-1 Big 12).

Kansas State upset Oklahoma in Norman last year, but Oklahoma avoided a repeat by shooting 57 percent from the field.

Barry Brown scored 19 points and Dean Wade added 12 for Kansas State (10-5, 0-3), which shot just 38 percent. The Wildcats lost their first two conference games, to West Virginia and Texas, by a combined seven points.

Isaiah Cousins’ lob to Hield for a two-handed dunk gave Oklahoma a 22-6 lead with 13:19 to play in the first half. Kansas State made a bit of a run, but Woodard stole the ball and threw long for Hield, who found Ryan Spangler for a layup, and then Hield got a defensive rebound and went coast-to-coast for a layup to put the Sooners up 42-21.

Kansas State scored the final 12 points of the first half, and a 3-pointer by Justin Edwards in the final minute cut Oklahoma’s lead to 44-35 at the break. Hield scored 17 points in the first half.

A 3-pointer by Hield and a layup by Spangler put Oklahoma up 53-39 with just under 16 minutes to play. Back-to-back 3s by Hield put the Sooners ahead 63-45 with just under 12 minutes remaining.

Kansas State made one more surge, but a late 7-0 run, including a 3-pointer and a jumper by Woodard, put the game out of reach.


Kansas State: Stephen Hurt, who had a career-high 15 points in last year’s game in Norman, scored 11 this time. ... G Kamau Stokes missed all five of his shots in the first half and made 2 of 8 overall. ... The Kansas State bench was called for a technical with 18:55 remaining. ... The Wildcats allowed 80 or more points for just the third time this season.

Oklahoma: Backup C Akolda Manyang was sick and did not play. ... The Sooners made 5 of 8 3-pointers in the first half and 11 of 19 overall. ... Lattin blocked four shots in the first half. ... Hield also had eight rebounds and five assists.


Kansas State hosts Texas Tech on Tuesday.

Oklahoma plays at Oklahoma State on Wednesday.


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