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Oklahoma Sooners Defensive Domination Produces 77-69 Win Over TCU Horned Frogs

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In the opening minutes of the first half, the Oklahoma Sooners came out shooting. Drilling two three pointers, Lon Kruger and his squad looked well on their way to victory. However, Kyan Anderson had other thoughts in this very uncharacteristic game as he finished with a game high 23 points. While the mentality in the TCU Horned Frogs locker room is to feed the big men, a few of the players missed the memo as this outing was closer than many had anticipated.

As as team, the Horned Frogs threw up 17 shots from behind the arc starting off with Amaric Fields who hit to keep the Sooners from pulling away in the early going. Fields finished with 15 points for the evening and couldn't have been asked for more. The aforementioned Anderson followed suit connecting on three for the game (two in the first half). After losing their previous four conference games by an average margin of 22 points, TCU found themselves ready to break the trend trailing 40-36 at the half.

Fortunately, on an off night offensively, Oklahoma put up one of their better performances on defense. Holding their opponent to 43% shooting while forcing 16 turnovers led to a shaky 77-69 victory in Lloyd Noble.

Ryan Spangler was tasked with limiting Karviar Shepherd and never found a rhythm in the first half. However, the second half told an entirely different story as Spangler caught fire. All of his points, 13, came in the final 20 minutes of play as he pulled down a career high 16 rebounds to help stave off the Horned Frogs.

Buddy Hield and Cameron Clark consistently found success in dribble penetration and combined for 31 points.

Up next for Oklahoma are the Texas Tech Red Raiders on January 25th. Remember, this is a program that has a solid win over a talented Baylor Bears team. Don't count them out especially on their home floor in Lubbock.