Trailing 87-86 at the hands of TCU Horned Frogs with 22 seconds left in regulation, Jamuni McNeace elevated to block the shot attempt by Alex Robinson. Streaking down the court, the Oklahoma Sooners would call a timeout after crossing the half-court line. Drawing up a set play, the obvious choice was to put the ball in the hands of Trae Young.
As expected, the true freshman took the inbounds pass in the back court. Beginning to move toward the rim, TCU’s Kenrich Williams unexpectedly picked up Young in the half court. Forcing the Sooners’ star to pick up his dribble, Young found a wide open Christian James at the three point line.
In rhythm, James fired up a shot that found the bottom of the net giving Oklahoma an 89-87 lead as fans inside the Lloyd Noble Center went wild. However, a break down defensively allowed Jaylen Fisher to go coast-to-coast for a layup sending the game into overtime.
In overtime, the defense once again set the tone. Khadeem Lattin shut down every shot at the rim allowing Oklahoma to build a four point lead. Refusing to panic, TCU kept the pressure on before ultimately falling 102-97.
Hitting a career high, Young scored 43 points to lead all scorers in the contest. Yet, in the biggest moments, the freshman continued to produce. In the second half of regulation, the nation’s leading scorer poured in 16 of the Sooner’s final 19 points. In addition, Young set a career high in rebounds with 11 on the afternoon. The effort gave him a ninth double-double in 16 games.
Starring early in the game, Brady Manek knocked down numerous attempts from behind the arc. Connecting on a career high six three pointers, the freshman finished with 22 points.
Defensively, Lattin recorded four blocks. The effort pushed the senior into sole possession of third place in the school record books in the statistical category. Lattin passed Wayman Tisdale with the four denials.