The Oklahoma Sooners trailed the TCU Horned Frogs for a majority of the game. Clawing their way back into the contest, Trae Young fired up a shot from behind the arc. Hoping to claim a lead, the attempt fell short. But, Jamuni McNeace secured the offensive rebound. Finding an open Kameron McGusty, the ball found the bottom of the net as OU took an 88-87 edge with 31 seconds remaining in regulation.
Regaining the lead for the first time since an 11-0 start, Oklahoma needed a stop. Unfortunately, TCU’s Kenrich Williams made a jumper to put all the pressure back on the visiting team. Refusing to take a timeout, Lon Kruger let the game go on and it paid off.
Streaking toward the rim, Trae Young drew the foul. Standing at the free throw line needing to connect on a single attempt to tie the game, the freshman sank both shots. Clinging to a slim 90-89 lead, Coach Kruger called the unthinkable — a timeout!
The move paid off as it allowed the Sooners to set up shop on the defensive side of the court. A desperation, yet contested shot from the three point line missed the mark for the Horned Frogs and Williams. Securing the ball, Oklahoma’s McGusty effectively ended TCU’s hopes of winning the conference opener.
Trae Young finished the game with 39 points and 14 assists. Continuing to make the game easier for his teammates, the freshman has shown no signs of slowing down. This is the beginning of conference play and it’s clearly an indicator of things to come.
Providing a spark off the bench, Kameron McGusty found a rhythm. The sophomore netted 22 points on the afternoon while knocking down some of the biggest shots of the outing. Behind the effort, the Sooners ended the 17-game win streak of the Horned Frogs. There are now only two unbeaten programs left.
Standing 11-1 and No. 12 in the nation, Oklahoma should rise in the rankings once again. Up next, a home contest against the Oklahoma State Cowboys.