After a disappointing end to Oklahoma’s PK80 Invitational opener, the Oklahoma Sooners finished its second game strong and claimed a 93-71 victory over the Portland Pilots. Oklahoma will face the winner of Oregon and DePaul on Sunday.
Freshman point guard Trae Young led the way in the scoring department with a career-high 33 points to go along with eight assists and five rebounds. Young is also the first freshman of the Lon Kruger era to score 30 in a game. Khadeem Lattin, however, was almost equally impressive, scoring 19 of his own and grabbing a career-high 16 rebounds.
Trae Young is the first OU freshman in the Lon Kruger era to score 30 points in a game.— Oklahoma Basketball (@OU_MBBall) November 25, 2017
He's up to 33. pic.twitter.com/15onMPsWVB
The game was actually fairly close at times, and Oklahoma held only a 67-62 lead with 7:15 to go in the ballgame. Oklahoma would kick it into high gear at that point with a 26-9 flurry to close it out.
Unfortunately, OU wasn’t a whole lot better from beyond the arc on Friday evening, making only 10-30 attempts after making 8-29 on Thursday against Arkansas. Oklahoma has some very talented three-point shooters, so those will eventually start falling at a higher rate. Oklahoma did also make 51.5 percent of its shots overall, so we certainly can’t complain too much. Defensively, Oklahoma held the Pilots to a 39.7 percent overall shooting mark.