Oklahoma basketball: Sooners sneak by Cowboys

After a tough battle Saturday night, the Oklahoma basketball team pulled out a win against conference rival Oklahoma State Cowboys by a final score of 77-74.

The impressive 3-point shooting from Buddy Hield and Frank Booker captured the win. Hield hit five 3-pointers while Booker hit four of his own. Hield finished with 22 points and Booker finished with 15.

Ryan Spangler finished with a double-double, putting up 12 points and 13 rebounds due to his aggressiveness in grabbing the ball off the rim. Spangler made big plays near the end of the game including a big block under the basket to prevent the Cowboys from scoring.

Saturday‚Äôs win caps off a season sweep against the Cowboys and helps them to a 19-7 record nearing the end of the regular season. This places the Sooners 3rd in the Big 12 standings and puts them in good position to be ranked highly in the Big 12 tournament. They sit behind 1st place Kansas and 2nd place Texas; both remain on Oklahoma’s schedule.

The Sooners have a week off to practice and prepare for the final stretch of games starting with Kansas State at Norman. Kansas State beat the Sooners earlier in the season 66-72, but the Sooners look poised to earn a win on their home court.

Out of the five remaining games on the Sooners schedule, three of the teams have beaten the Sooners this season which could cause problems for the Sooners being placed highly in the Big 12 Championship or even NCAA Tournament where Oklahoma has an opportunity to improve from last years disappointment in both tournaments. The Sooners fell in the round to Iowa State in the Big 12 Championship and lost in the Round of 64 of the NCAA Tournament to San Diego State.

The Sooners take on Kansas State at home February 22nd in Norman.