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Oklahoma runs past Kansas State 86-73
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - With six days to prepare for a team that has struggled all season on the road, Oklahoma turned Saturday’s home game against Kansas State into a confidence booster heading into the final four games of the Big 12 season.
“I was really, really happy for our guys. I thought they opened the game sharp on both ends of the floor and attacked offensively,” Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said.
The runaway win helped break a three-way tie for third with Oklahoma, Kansas State and Iowa State all entering the day with 8-5 league marks. Iowa State’s 71-60 Saturday win over TCU kept the Cyclones knotted with the Sooners.
Second-year Wildcats coach Bruce Weber saw his freshman class combine to score a season-high 43 points but there were few Wildcat positives in this one.
“We just kind of let them do what they wanted and they got going and we spotted them too many points to ever make it a game,” Weber said.
Oklahoma (20-7, 9-5) dominated in nearly every category, leading by as many as 27 points in the second half.
The Sooners took their first lead 3 minutes in when Hield drained a 3-pointer following a Kansas State turnover. From there, Oklahoma outscored the Wildcats 34-17 to lead 41-22 at the half.
Hield has now paced the Sooners in scoring in six of the last 10 games
The Wildcats (18-9, 8-6) lost their sixth consecutive road game and are 1-6 in away league games.
Kansas State dug a hole early it couldn’t climb out of, committing 10 first-half turnovers and shooting 39 percent with no starter scoring more than five points.
Oklahoma turned those turnovers into 17 points and controlled the tempo, outrebounding Kansas State 21-15 in the half and 32-28 for the game.
The Wildcats outscored Oklahoma 51-45 in the second half but it wasn’t enough in what has been a difficult season away from home.
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