Young downs the cats 86-77

Lester Mason
February 25, 2018

Will be updated. With AP Photos.

Young, Oklahoma's star freshman, broke out of a shooting funk and helped the Sooners snap a six-game losing streak with an 86-77 win over Kansas State on Saturday at Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla. He hit 7 of 10 from the field and made six of his nine 3-pointers.

Oklahoma shot 52.7 percent from the field and 61.5 percent after halftime.

K-State had a trio of double figure scorers in guard Barry Brown (28 points) and forwards Dean Wade (15) and Xavier Sneed (12).

Oklahoma hadn't won a game since January 30 and had dropped two straight at home. In the rematch, Young had five turnovers, though two came well after the Sooners had the game in hand.

In addition to Young's 28 points (18 of which were in the first half), Christian James contributed 15 points and Jamuni McNeace and Manek added 10 each.

Young matched his 11-point total from the Kansas game in the first eight minutes against Kansas State.

Oklahoma connected on 44.8 percent (13-of-29) from the field, including 53.8 percent (7-of-13) from 3-point range, in the first half, while K-State shot 40.0 percent (14-of-35), including just 20.0 percent (2-of-10) from long range.

The 3-point line proved to be the difference, as the Sooners (17-11, 7-9 Big 12) hit on 50 percent (11-of-22) of their attempts, while the Wildcats (20-9, 9-7 Big 12) made just 19.0 percent (4-of-21) from beyond the arc.

Kansas State worked its way back into the game and cut its deficit to 63-56.

A three-pointer by another OU freshman, Brady Manek, put Oklahoma ahead 18-17, and that was followed by an 11-1 Sooner run to widen the advantage to a dozen points and their first double-digit lead at any point in the six-game skid.

Trae Young said, "My main focus is just playing and having fun enjoying this and just enjoying this experience the roller coaster that we've been on it's definitely tough you got to have fun that's what we were doing early on in the season and we got to get back to doing that". Though the Sooners have numerous quality wins, the losing streak was enough to raise questions. Overall, a road loss to a solid team likely won't hurt the Wildcats' NCAA hopes.

Kansas State plays at TCU on Tuesday.

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