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Sooners bounce back against the Horned Frogs

Sooners bounce back against the Horned Frogs

NORMAN- The Oklahoma Sooners rode an offensive explosion to victory against the TCU Horned Frogs.

Four days after mustering just 52 points against the Kansas Jayhawks, the Sooners posted an 82 on the scoreboard, winning by 20 points.

The Sooners moved to 12-5 on the season with the win, and 3-2 in conference play.

Brady Manek led the way for Oklahoma, posting a career high 31 points.

Manek shot 10-of-15 from the field, 7-of-9 from deep, on his way to scoring his 1000th career point for Oklahoma.

“Growing up as a fan of OU, coming to games now I’m playing here, it’s just really cool,” Manek said about reaching the career milestone after the game.

Reaching 1000 points did not come without frustration, however.

Manek reached the mark at the free throw line, but confusion on the bench with substitutions delayed his second attempt which ultimately gave him 1000 points.

“We couldn’t get a guy subbed in or something over there and it was frustrating,” Manek said with a smile.

“I was ready to shoot the free throw.”

Oklahoma’s Brady Manek (35) celebrates with teammates after scoring scoring his 1,000th career point during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Garett Fisbeck)

In an impressive showing, the Sooners fixed most of the problems that plagued them against the Jayhawks.

Oklahoma shot 54 percent from the field and 43 percent from three, both marks are season highs in the Lloyd Noble Center.

“We wanted to essentially redeem ourselves after the Kansas game,” Oklahoma forward Kristian Doolittle said after the game.

“We know we’re better shooters than what we showed the last time out.”

The Sooners also forced the issue at the rim, getting to the free throw line 17 times.

Oklahoma has struggled at times to defend the three point line, but they bucked that trend against the Horned Frogs.

“The guys had really good focus from the start,” Head Coach Lon Kruger said. “I thought guys were really sharp. Really alert.”

Holding TCU to just 22 percent shooting from deep for the game, the Sooners especially flexed their muscles in the first half. At the break, the Horned Frogs were shooting just 6 percent (1-of-16) from behind the arc.

Austin Reaves bounced back from his worst shooting performance of the season, scoring 14 points on 5-of-11 shooting.

Reaves said despite his shooting struggles, his coaches and teammates have continued to urge him to shoot the ball.

“I thought Jamal [Bieniemy] was going to fight me on the court for not shooting the one at the top of the key, and that’s what a teammate should do,” Reaves said.

“It’s good to see some go in, but we just got to keep building on it.”

Freshman duo De’Vion Harmon and Jalen Hill continue to play well as they acclimate to Big 12 play.

“I think both are playing really well,” Kruger said. “De’Vion has been playing his best basketball the past four or five games.”

“It’s great to see that.”

Hill continues to make his presence felt on the defensive end as well. Posting two rebounds and a block, Hill provides a spark with his activity and willingness to make the extra rotation to close out on opposing shooters.

Oklahoma will not have long to celebrate the win.

The Sooners now hit the road to face the high flying Baylor Bears on Monday night.

“Baylor is great,” Kruger said. “They’re one of the top one or two ranked teams in the country right now and deserving of that.”

“Our guys know what the challenge is, but I know they won’t shy away from it.”

Tip-off in Waco, TX. is slated for 8 p.m. on ESPN.

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Ryan Chapman covers Oklahoma Athletics and the Oklahoma City Thunder for 107.7 The Franchise since 2019. In December of 2020, Chapman was named the Deputy Editor of Sports Illustrated Sooners, and he also is a contributor for Sports Illustrated Thunder. Chapman has previously worked for OCCC's Student Newspaper, The Pioneer, where Chapman covered the Oklahoma City Energy, the Oklahoma City Dodgers, Oklahoma Athletics and the Oklahoma City Thunder. During his time with The Pioneer, Chapman served as the Sports Editor as well as the Editor-in-Chief.

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